What’s the most important part of a race-car? Easy, it has to be the engine, right?
But what good is a fast engine without good brakes?
And what good are brakes without proper tires?
And what good are proper tires without a steering-wheel?
What’s the value of steering-wheel without a driver who knows how to use it?
Such was Paul’s point when it comes to the value of each member who makes up the church of Christ as he compared the church to a human body (1 Corinthians 12:13-21). The whole of the body must work together and care for one-another in order to accomplish the purpose God has for his church.
Some parts of a race-car may initially seem to be the most-important part, until you stop and remember that for each strength the part introduces into the picture there is another part of the car that covers its weakness … right down to the nuts and bolts! This is also true of the church. All parts must work together to win the race.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV)