1 Corinthians 12 contains information about spiritual gifts; supernatural gifts that God gives to every believer in Jesus Christ. Not gifts like leaping tall buildings in a single bound or being faster than a speeding train. These gifts are far more valuable and important than the ability to run fast and jump high. One of the aspects of spiritual gifts is that God has given different gifts to different people and yet; in the church, He calls each of those people to use their gifts for the good of the church. Though the gifts are different, and the use of them will be different, they are not intended to bring division but rather unity. Paul uses the example of a body. The function and ability of the eye is very different than that of the foot. However, one of them is not more important than the other, just different. Here is how he puts it in one paragraph from chapter 12: 12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
Each part of the human body is different but each part is still part of one body. Through salvation each believer in Jesus is also part of “one body”, the body of Christ. Though we have different functions there is still unity in Christ. As each part of the body does its job, the body is able to be effective. Paul’s use of a human body as an analogy really fits the way spiritual gifts are designed to work. Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? Do you know how your passions and personal styles fit the use of those gifts? If you have questions about this, please message me. We offer a class at Buffalo Valley which is really beneficial in this area. Rejoice in the fact that through Christ, you are part of a larger body where the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts.