William MacDonald observed, “The mutual care of the members prevents division or schism in the body.”
He further explained, “One gives to another what is needed, and receives in return the help which only that other member can give. This is the way it must be in the church.”
We observe the wisdom of God in the construction of the human body with the varied parts that make the whole body. It is a mutually inclusive design that gives the overall functionality through interdependence.
Walvoord observed well, “… Paul was reaching back in thought beyond the immediate discussion of gifts when he referred to weaker members (v. 22; cf. 8:7-13) and less honorable ones (12:23; cf. 11:22) who also required special care and consideration. This too was part of God’s plan (God … combined the members), that members of the spiritual body would demonstrate a mutual concern for the well-being of others (12:25b-26; 10:24, 33) so that rivalry would cease (so that there should be no division in the body; 1:10; 11:18) and genuine unity would exist (12:26).”
The Lord makes in His sovereign and infinite wisdom the miracle of the human body. And He breathes into the man and he becomes a living soul. The man whom God created has the imprint of the living God. The man is to reflect in his life the praise and glory due to His Creator. The church, the body of Christ, consisting of many members, endowed with diverse gifts for God’s honour and glory.
William MacDonald said well, “Just as it is folly for one person to envy another’s gift, so it is equally foolish for anyone to depreciate another’s gift or feel that he doesn’t need the others. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” The eye can see things to be done, but it can’t do them. It depends on the hand for that. Again, the head might know that it is necessary to go to a certain place, but it depends on the feet to take it there.”
After Christ’s ascension, the church was asked to tarry in prayer until the Holy Spirit comes in a mighty manner to fill them and lead them to fulfil God’s redemption plan for all mankind. The make-up of the 120 disciples gathered to pray were all saved during Christ’s earthly ministry. There were men and women of diverse backgrounds with a common Master. When the Spirit of God came mightily to fill this core team of the infant church, they were endowed by the Spirit of Christ with gifts to fulfil God’s purpose for the salvation of souls to the honour and glory of His Name. The body of Christ advanced in unity to permeate throughout the Roman Empire. Congregations of believers sprung up everywhere as the gospel is being preached and souls were saved.
William MacDonald observed well, “It is impossible to think of a body with only one member.”
He further observed insightfully, “So the Corinthians should remember that if they all had the gift of tongues, then they would not have a functioning body. Other gifts, though less spectacular and less sensational, are nonetheless necessary.”
It is God’s prerogative, in His infinite wisdom to decide, the functioning of each member that forms His church on earth. In His pleasure, He makes us perfectly to fulfil His purpose for our lives. We can trust His wisdom to bestow gifts to us and we may use these gifts for the glory of God and for the strengthening of His church.
Adrian Rogers said candidly, “He does not have the equipment. You cannot smell music. Your nose may be working very well, but it cannot smell music.” You need a good pair of ears to hear and appreciate or appraise the sound of music. So we need a good pair of eyes to see the world around us. Is the eye more important than the ear? It is a wrong question to ask because the eye has its unique to the body just as the ears. Each cannot boast or belittle the other, each is sovereign place by God to bring honour to His Name.
Why should the foot feel itself a lesser member of the body just because the foot is not the hand? Worse, the feel itself not a part of the body? Each has its own unique function in the body. What the foot can do, to enable the body to experience movement, the other functions of the body cannot do. It is important that the body has different members performing differing functions, each contributing to the well-being of the whole. None should feel belittled because it is unable to perform the function of another part of the body.