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.
Have you ever had or known someone who broke a bone? How about a pulled back muscle? What about a simple splinter in the finger? It’s amazing how much the body falls apart without everything working as it should. Imagine what your body would be like if God had not placed exactly 10 fingers and 10 toes and two ears, perfectly located on each side of our heads as He did. The human body is a perfect and amazing machine created with hundreds of moving parts to accomplish the goal of the body working as one synergistic unit.
When the Holy Spirit fills us with a gift, we are to use that gift for the edification of the whole body of Christ. By merely casting aside the individual gifts we are given, we are in a sense pretending like the body can function without it. Indeed, anyone who has ever had a broken foot or a sprained wrist can attest to how difficult life quickly becomes. As such we are to gratefully use our gifts to ensure the entire body operates as it was intended. No part is too small and no effort will go unnoticed by God. If you think you are useless because you are feeling like a pinky toe, then try walking without that little guy to keep you on balance. No gift from God is too small and all is necessary for a healthy church body.