Notes on Relationships
ATTITUDE - 1). Sometimes, parts of our Church Body wish they were something else. (v.15,16) In Paul’s example, the foot wishes it were a hand, or the ear wishes it were an eye. By being jealous over the other part’s purpose, they lost the importance of their own. It’s natural for us to become used to our situations from time to time, and the grass does seem greener on the other side of the fence. But if we would change, we would lose what God called us to do and hurt the body. The best thing to do is admire their purpose, keep hold of our own, and do our best for the overall health of our church. 2). Paul encouraged them to desire the greater gifts. (v.31) Earlier in the chapter, Paul made a point to help others realize that there are no insignificant jobs in the church. In using the term ‘greater gifts’ it may seem like he is contradicting himself. But human nature easily helps us desire some over others, making them seem greater because of perks, attention, etc. Some roles definitely have more influence and opportunity than others as well. But ultimately, by referring to some as ‘greater’, it garners an attitude in the church where people are always wanting to improve, grow, and become better for God. 'Greater gifts' is really just another expression of a greater you and I.