so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; – Romans 12:5-6
Paul, bringing to mind the idea of a human body, compares it to the church. So we, he writes, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. We’ve bleated on this before recently, so we won’t spend much time on it. But we are reminded that we absolutely need each other as Christians, fellow members of the body.
Paul goes on to elaborate on what that looks like. We all have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us. 1 Peter 4:10 says, each has received a gift. It’s not only some in the church who are gifted. All are. And we are to use them, Peter writes, to serve one another.
Sometimes, we envy others’ gifts. We don’t want our gifts; we want theirs. This is wrong thinking. Our gifts differ on purpose, because they’re complementary. Imagine a church where everyone could preach, but no one does acts of mercy. Or imagine a church where everyone exhorts, but not one contributes. All the gifts are needed by the body, and all the gifts are given by grace. Not only should we embrace our gifts practically, but also gratefully.
Having these gifts, Paul continues, let us use them. These gifts are to not be set aside, but used.
Sheep, are you being a part of the body? Are you using the gifts that God has given you to serve Christ and His church?