For a lot of people in the church, they see the giftings of others in the church and they get an inferiority complex. They hear that God sees them as a special and as important to the body, but they just don’t see it. But time and again, Paul points out to each one of us just how special we are in God’s sight.
He says in verses 4-6, “Hey, are you feeling inferior because the gifts others have seem superior to yours? It’s not as if your gifts come from China and theirs come from Japan. They both come from the same source, and they are both equally well made and valuable.
“And it’s not like you’re working for McDonalds and they’re working for the President of the United States. The same Lord that has given them their duties has given you your duties.
And it’s not as if God has delegated an angel to help you with your work while he himself is helping others with their work. God is working in you just as much as he is working in them.”
Still, some people almost feel like God made a mistake when making them, and so he just threw up his hands after making them and said, “Well, I have to do something with them, so I guess I’ll put them there.” But as I mentioned yesterday, verse 18 clearly tells us that was not the case. Rather,
God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. (18)
I don’t think there’s any way you can take from that passage that God made some kind of mistake when he made you. More, when we look at the context of that verse, we see Paul saying,
If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be…If they were all one part, where would the body be? (17, 19)
In short, you’re right where God wants you to be. Because of that, there’s no way anyone can rightfully say of you, “I don’t need you.” Rather, you are indispensable to the body. (21-22)
You may hear that and think, “I’m not indispensable. Anyone can do my job.” That may or may not be true. But let’s put it this way. Your toes can probably do some of the things your fingers do, so technically, you may not need your fingers. But your toes can in no way do the job of your fingers as effectively.
And maybe technically, you don’t really need two arms, you only need one. But if you only have one, your remaining arm can become fatigued from overwork and start to lose its effectiveness. Sure other people may be able to do the same thing you do, but if they don’t have your gifting, they can’t do it as effectively. And even if they have the same gifting as you, even if they have it in larger proportions, if you are not doing your part, however small, to relieve the pressure, they can get tired and burn out.
So use the gifts that God has given you, whatever they may be. God has placed you where you are for a reason. Don’t let anyone despise you and don’t you dare despise yourself either.
As one person inelegantly but correctly put it, “God don’t make junk.” How do you see yourself within the body of Christ?