Read 1 Corinthians 12:15-21
15 If the foot says,”I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says,”I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye,how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear,how would you smell anything?
18 But our bodies have many parts,and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes,there are many parts,but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand,”I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet,”I don’t need you.” (NLT)
Texts like this prompt us to think of the various spiritual gifts God gives to his people. But there is a deeper and broader issue in view. Not only do we have different gifting but different personalities and levels of maturity and life situations.
One follower of Jesus may be boldly confident in faith sharing but terribly weak when it comes to anxiety about money. Another might be a wonderfully loving parent to a needy child and yet be very confused about the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Someone might lead a congregation in musical worship and still struggle with deep doubts about their salvation.
This is where we need each other. I can prop up certain individuals in some areas while they prop me up in others. None of us has it all,which is why we need to be part of a Christian community. I have one area of struggle and my fellow Christian has another.
To give up on ‘church’ because of its obvious shortcomings is cutting off your nose to spite your face. True,’church’ can take various forms and is not confined to Sunday gatherings in a designated building. But to isolate ourselves is to struggle alone. It is to deprive others of the help we can bring them and deprive ourselves of the help they can bring us.