READ : 1 Corinthians 12:4-26
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (v. 7)
It was a phrase that Alexander Dumas used to describe the motto of the Three Musketeers: “All for one and one for all!” Had the quote been known in Paul’s day, he might have used it here. It is a fitting description of how the body of Christ ought to function.
A group of self-appointed elite believers in Corinth esteemed what they considered “higher” gifts – the more sensational ones, like tongues-speaking. They disparaged what they considered lower gifts, like service. If anything, they wondered whether Christians with these lower gifts really had anything of value to contribute to the church, which made some people in the church feel unwelcomed and unwanted.
There is one head and many parts. Each part is different, and each part is important. The human body would be in a terrible predicament if it consisted of nothing more than an eye or an ear. Likewise, the church would be less than what God designed if it had only one kind of Christian or one kind of gift. God distributes various gifts – for the common good. “All for one and one for all!” is the right way to say it.
Dear God, thank you for the gifts you give. Help us to use them for the common good of your church. Amen.