15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 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, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27
Paul summarized his thoughts on the Body of Christ in this passage. He left us with very practical reasons to honor and cherish the Body of Christ.
We take the Body for granted. We assume someone else is doing the work. We believe we can’t contribute. In very few rare instances is that the case. A church we attended in Minnesota had more workers for Vacation Bible School and Sunday School than it needed. That is a rare church. I also recall wanting to support some doctor friends of mine who were in Germany but were going overseas. They kindly sent us a letter and told us they had too much support so they didn’t need what we had to offer. Again, it was a very rare case and one I haven’t seen since.