Read: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-31a and Ephesians 4:7-13
Just as a contractor needs various types of ladders, each with a different purpose in mind, in the same way, God has given His people different spiritual gifts for different functions within the church. We cannot all have the gift of teaching or the gift of hospitality or the gift of giving, etc. But God has equipped us with at least one spiritual gift for the work of service, for the building and maintaining of the body of Christ (the Church). We need to discern what that gift is and put it to good use. Just as you would not normally use an extension ladder in a room with an 8-foot ceiling, neither would you normally use someone with the gift of help to be a pastor unless they also had the gift(s) of pastor-teacher. Not that they couldn’t be a pastor, but that they could do a better job for the Lord serving within the context of their gift of help. God has called us to build His church and we need to be ready to function in whatever area He calls us. Moses didn’t think he could do well talking to Pharaoh, but God said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth?” He also provided help through Aaron, who was a good public speaker. In the same way, God provides all the resources we need for the job He has called us to do.
Also in our passage for today, we read that there are a variety of people. We are all different, but also all are important. We tend to judge people by the externals. We judge them by their height, weight, beauty, the color of skin, background, etc. But God judges people by the things not seen with the physical eye. He judges by what is on our inside: our attitudes and motivation, our integrity and our love (or lack of love) for His Truth. We would do well to not make judgments by what a person looks like, and realize that God has made each of us unique to accomplish different tasks. Not all can build a sanctuary, not all can balance the financial books of a corporation, not all can cook a meal, but all can serve the Lord. Let us be humble when we compare ourselves to others. Our self-centered nature tends to make us think more highly of ourselves than we should. We need to remember that we are all sinners saved by grace. If we were to look at ourselves through God’s eyes we would see perfection only because of what Jesus Christ has done for us. It has nothing to do with what we were like before we accepted Him as our personal Savior, and really nothing to do with what we do for Him after we are saved. Our perfect standing with God is accomplished completely by and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, we need to realize that God has provided His church with a variety of spiritual gifts, talents, and people to accomplish His task on earth. We need to love one another as Christ commanded us, appreciate our unique differences, maximize the use of our various giftings, and glorify God for and through His gifts to the Body.