Weak, But Worth It
I Corinthians 12:22-26
Intro: Paul is dealing with several issues in this chapter.
1. The Differences of the Ministries – vs. 4-6; 28-31
2. The Diversity of the Manifestation – vs. 7- 11
3. The Disunity of the Members – vs. 12-27
When we get down to verse 12, Paul begins to focus on the body of Christ, and likens it to a physical body. He uses phrases and terminology that helps us make the connection between the church as the body of Christ, and an actual, physical body.
Notice the progression through this passage:
A. The Teaching about the Body – vs. 12-31 “…all the members are one body…”
B. The Tendency within the Body – vs. 15-21 “…I have no need of thee…”
We have a tendency to say I have no need of thee.
And we have the tendency to say “I don’t belong here…” vs. 16
C. The Truth about the Body – vs. 22-23 “…feeble, are necessary…”
D. The Tempering of the Body – vs. 24-27 “…but God hath tempered the body together…”
God put you here; God put us all here. God has tempered (arranged) this body.
Tonight, I want to focus on verses 22 and 23 mainly.
You may be here and feel that you fall into that “feeble” category.
I want to tell you on the authority of the Word of God – you are necessary.
You may be weak, but you are still worth it!!
I. The Assessment of the Weak – vs. 22 “…which seem to be more feeble…”
WEAK: Greek – asthenos
In several places, we discover that a person being labeled as “feeble” is one’s personal assessment.
Vs. 22 – “…which more those members of the body which SEEM to be more feeble…
NOTE: We are ALL FEEBLE; some just seem to be MORE FEEBLE…
Don’t forget that!
- 1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
Vs. 23 – “And those members of the body which WE THINK to be less honorable…”
Vs. 23, 24 – “uncomely parts and comely parts” – beauty is in the eye of the beholder…
We are the world’s worst at labeling others, based on our own ideas, thoughts, standards, etc.
Notice what Paul said about the weak and the feeble.
II Cor. 12
- 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
- 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
He also said this:
- 1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
I Corinthians 2
- 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
- 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
- 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
II. The Appreciation of the Weak – vs. 23 “…upon these we bestow more abundant honour…”
Paul said that those that we think are “more feeble” we should bestow more abundant honor.
Vs. 24 – God hath given more abundant honor to that part which lacked.
Vs. 25 – “…we should have the same care one for another.”
Vs. 26 – “…all the members suffer with it…all the members rejoice with it…”
The Bible is clear – we should love and respect and help EVERYONE in the body.
- Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
- Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
III. The Assimilation of the Weak – vs. 24-26 “…no schism in the body…”
Notice Paul’s admonition:
“That there should be no schism (division) in the body.”
God wants the church to be unified, and one big loving family.
- 1 Corinthians 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
God put you here.
You may be feeble.
You may feel “uncomely”.
But God put you here.
You belong here.
You may be weak, but you are worth it!