“For the body does not consist of one member but of many.” I Corinthians 12:14
There was a time in my life where I thought my stronger gifts were some of the weaker gifts in the grand scheme of spiritual gifts. My gifts have always been more of encouragement and serving. Many of the “jobs” from these gifts are more of the behind the scenes jobs that don’t get a lot of attention or praise. It is typically those gifts that are up front kinds of gifts that get more attention.
Spiritual gifts are like parts of a body. Each part of the body is vital to the overall health of the body. This means we are ALL useful for God’s glory and His kingdom.
I think of the eyelash. It is such a small part of the body but it’s function is important. I learned about this when I went through chemotherapy. Some chemo cocktails will cause you to lose your hair. This doesn’t just mean the hair on your head. It can mean all body hair including your eyelashes. You may think an eyelash in a very insignificant part of the body but when you don’t them you can’t blink away things that could get into your eyes. One doesn’t realize how many things do get into our eyes until you don’t have functioning eyelashes. The thing is, this tiny eyelash plays a BIG role in the health of an eye. Should something dangerous get into the eye it could scratch it or cause an infection. Maybe your eyesight would be compromised or lost.
We can’t discredit any spiritual gift. The Lord equipped each of us with different spiritual gifts that work together to form the body of Christ. Those up front jobs can’t function without the behind the scene jobs. I want to encourage all of us to embrace your gift great or small. Even the smallest gift can be used for the greatest glory.