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, (I Corinthians 12:21-24 NIV)
In the passage above the Apostle Paul continues to use the illustration of the human body to explain that all members of God’s church are necessary to its proper functioning. We need to respect and value the contribution of all our brothers and sisters in Christ. He reminds us to remember, contrary to our natural instincts, that those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensible.
Yet on the other hand we must be careful not to elevate any one person to highly. All members of the church are merely human, and God could still take care of His church without them. We should take care, then, that the leaders of our church have no special treatment. Yes, we need to respect them and submit to their authority, but we must not honor them above the “weaker,” brother; all Christians are equal in Christ.