“If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. 1And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.”
To conclude that you are not needed in the body of Christ is a destructive thought – to you personally and to the church corporately. It can, and often does, discourage people from serving at all. If everyone in a church bought into this lie, their gifts would atrophy, ministries would die, the church’s impact would lessen and disappear, and soon you’re selling your building and closing church bank accounts.
Paul says that a “foot” should never say that because he is not a “hand” he is not needed or that he doesn’t “belong.” Just because he has 5 toes and not 5 fingers does not mean he is to be thought of any less or should think of himself as any less.
To illustrate another way – a teacher shouldn’t think he is useless because he isn’t strong in mercy and isn’t very compassionate to those he teaches. A gifted giver should never think he is useless because he isn’t gifted in evangelism and can’t easily transition a conversation from earthly to spiritual matters. Someone gifted in administration should never think he is useless because he can’t easily minister to someone on their death bed.
We can’t all be evangelists or teachers or administrators or helpers or givers. We all have our role as separate members of the “body.” No part of the body should ever conclude they are unnecessary to the rest of the “body.”
The lie that the “church doesn’t need me” comes from a skewed view of what makes a healthy church. Some think if you have a great Sunday morning with a tremendous sermon, stirring music, and good welcoming committee, then you have enough for a church. The church is much more than that, and if that’s all God wanted, there wouldn’t be the diversity we see represented in heaven. Each of us have to realize how important they are to the life and blood of the church.
We need the toes, the ears, the arms and the feet. All of them!