For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5
There are many times in Paul’s writings where he reminds the church that they are one even though they are many. In his Magnum Opus, the letter to the Romans, Paul makes sure we do not assume that everyone has the same calling, gifts, or responsibilities. Yet this does not make anyone more important or less necessary to the whole body of Christ.
Over two decades of ministry, I have had to remind people that every Christian is not the same. Nobody should ever consider themself less worthy to serve, nor should anybody in hubris consider themself more worthy. More than once, I have explained that none of us are worthy, but through Jesus Christ, we are made acceptable.
This scripture should also remind the faithful in Christ’s church that the “paid Christian” in the room (your pastor) is not the only one who can preach, pray, lead, serve, or provide care. You are all called.
Having said this, I am blessed where I serve because we have several who will step into the pulpit while I am off hitchhiking and others who will visit the homebound, lonely, and suffering. I also have some fantastic leaders who will step into the void as well.
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