19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.
What do you need out of a body of believers? Why do we come to church on a given day for a church service? Is it tradition? Is it to hear a “good sermon”? As I have blogged about before, I think we overemphasize the role of teaching pastors in churches today. My point is not that the teaching gift is not a critical part of the body (in fact, it is part of my gifting), as it is I can’t imagine being without my eye and the sight it brings, but I equally can’t imagine living without my sense of hearing, and even though I never think much about it, I would be dead without my liver. Unfortunately, I think many of us believe that the gift of teaching is indispensable while most other spiritual gifts, while they are nice, are not critical to my Christian walk and the life of the church. Yet, scripture emphasizes the fact that we need the unique and varied contributions of each member of the body of Christ at different times.