1 Corinthians 12:21-26
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.
In our natural human behaviour, we tend to give recognition (either publicly or internally) and elevate those with shiny value, such as those who are popular, well-spoken, or smart. In 1 Corinthians 12:21-26, Paul reminds the church that all parts of the body have an equally important role.
As you go about your week, reflect on the Body of Christ
- Give greater honour to those who appear to be the ‘weak’ ones
- Affirm each other
- Recognize the need for others
- Do all of the above out of love (1 Cor 13:1-3)
For more on this topic, please read Elita’s blog post, Special Honour.