Note two important principles about the body of Christ. First, the body functions as everyone uses his gift. As the body functions, there is interdependence. Each one depends on the other. The body does not depend on one or two gifted individuals. Rather, the members of the body depend on each other.
What is happening in many churches today? Only two or three gifted individuals are functioning. That is not God’s plan for the body of Christ. In the body of Christ, each member functions with the other. Each member depends on each other.
God did not give you your gift to just keep it. God gave you a gift, a special ability, so that you can use it. Don’t just sit there. Use your ability to build up the body of Christ. Do your part equally.
Second, the church functions by the grace of the Spirit. The church is not the church by practice and tradition. “Oh, this is our tradition. It’s how we’ve always done it.” But the church is not the church by what we are used to do. It is not the church by the plan of the leaders. “Oh, we follow the good plans of our leaders in church.” But the church is not the church by what we plan to do. It is not the church by the preference of the members. “Oh, I like this worship style. I prefer his preaching. I like the music and the building.” But the church is not the church by what we like.
Rather, the church is the church by the grace of the Spirit. The church is the church by the move of the Spirit to make the members function through their abilities. The church is the church by the continuing action of the members to apply their abilities in the body of Christ.