1 Corinthians 12

7 Gifts of the Spirit are not intended to be for the sole benefit of the recipient. Each gift is designed to build the Church, not the individual.
14 Christians are united in the Spirit for the purpose of worshiping and proclaiming Jesus. However, this does not mean that everyone is the same. Each person has different gifts and aptitudes. In addition, many tasks can be accomplished in a church body that can not all be done by each individual. The obvious conclusion is that a church group must become an organization. Various tasks can be delegated to individuals according to their abilities and spiritual readiness.
15 Sometimes church members can become envious of other members' activities in the church. For instance, an administrator may feel that his job is of no importance compared to another who is actively helping the poor in the community.

Comparing ourselves with others is both inappropriate and non-productive. The point of involvement in the church body is that you help the church meet its goals of worship and proclamation. It does not matter if you are the one on the podium or the one stuffing envelopes. Your involvement matters and is needed.

17 An eye by itself can not do anything. We know that the eyes need the brain to interpret what it sees. It also needs nerves to transmit images to the brain. The brain needs limbs so that it can react to what the eye sees. The limbs also need the heart, lungs, and stomach to provide resources needed for movement. The dependencies in the body are too numerous to count.

Problems do develop when parts of the body cease to function (or were never present to begin with). A person can learn to cope without eyes or limbs, but it is usually more difficult. Even the loss of a finger or toe has implications for how the body works. Of course, the loss of the brain or heart is fatal. A church group without members performing the necessary tasks has a more difficult time than another that has members willing to fill each task, no matter how prominent or mundane.

If there is one type of member that should desire to change, it would be the member that does nothing other than show up for Sunday services. They are members of the body so they are important, but they do not use their gifts in productive ways. If you are an "inactive" member of a church, ask an active member what you can do to help. There never will be a church so complete that it does not have a necessary task that someone can do.

18 No matter what your activity in the church body, remember that God put you there. This does not mean that your task will never change, but whatever it is, you should perform that task with excellence.
21 There is also no place for arrogance in the body. Using the examples here, a body without hands would have a much more difficult time obtaining something it sees. Again, a head without feet would have more difficulty moving around.
22 The important thing to remember is that each member can and should contribute to the functioning of the church body. Those who feel they are performing the "important" tasks should recognize that their efforts would be slowed or halted if they discard those who are in supporting roles.
23 Those performing prominent tasks receive honors very often. We must make a special effort to thank those who are in supporting roles. Those who clean, maintain, prepare, organize, etc. all need to be recognized. When members feel appreciated, they are far less likely to become envious of others.

A church body may have members that have caused embarrassment. These members are not to be discarded; they are to be protected until they are restored.

24 The "honor" given to the less prominent parts is the special attention they need. Those in prominent positions do not need special attention because they get attention most of the time.
25 Again, the recognition of someone's task helps him to know he is needed. When people feel good about the task they are doing, they will not become envious of others. Envy can lead to dissension which can destroy a church body.
26 If you stub your toe, the whole body shares your pain. In the same way, if a member suffers a physical or psychological wound, the rest of the church body should react with sympathy and caring.

If you win a footrace, your whole body shares the trophy, not just your feet. In the same way, if a member of the church is recognized for doing something well, the rest of the church body should be happy for him and be encouraged.

27 Jesus will not appear again in physical form until Judgement day. Until then, the Church acts as Jesus' body in the world. While He was here physically, He taught about God and admonished those who did not believe. He also actively helped those in need and readily accepted all who came to Him. Christians today are to carry on these activities. We may not be the missionary or the soup kitchen volunteer, but each of us can contribute something to the continuation of Christ's message of love and reconciliation to the world.