There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. I Corinthians 12:4-6So God is involved in us all, no matter what our gift or role is, and in that we should rejoice. It is this later verse that I was even more interested in:
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty while our presentable parts need no special treatment. I Corinthians 12:22-24I like this for two reasons. First, we see that no matter how menial or weak we seem, we play a most important role in the grand scheme of things. We have purpose no matter what. We may grumble at having to change another diaper or miss the best part of the church service in the cry room, but in the grand scheme of things we are shaping another life. No matter how small that seems at the time, ultimately it is one of the most important roles we have. Spiritually, I may not be able to carry a tune, but can make anyone smile with a hug or kind gesture. I may feel left out because I cannot perform on the worship team, but in the grand scheme of things I made someones life just a little better, of what great import is that? Awesome.
Also seen in here is a secondary mention on modesty by Paul. He is talking about the church body, but also we see reference to how we are to treat our physical bodies. We should take care of every last part of it. In other parts of the Bible it is referred to as a temple-God's temple, which we should respect. The striking line is about the unpresentable being treated with special modesty. If you think really fast about that which *should* not be presented to the grand public, we see him giving a hint as to how we should keep in mind how we clothe ourselves. I am sure, looking at the way Paul writes in general, that this a deliberate reminder to keep our physical gifts in mind as much as our spiritual ones. Everything should be treated with the proper respect and admiration.
It is easy to fall into a worldly view of ourselves and our everyday, to see us as just one insignificant instead of a beautiful one with an ultimate purpose, but God sees us that way. To Him, we are each the most wonderful of his creations. We do not all have to possess all gifts. We do not have to posses the best (in our minds) gift or gifts. He loves us all equally. Only an omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent Maker could do this, and He does, no matter what.