1 Corinthians 12:12-31

1 Corinthians 12:12–31 (ASV)

12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. 13For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14For the body is not one member, but many. 15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body. 16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; it is not therefore not of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18But now hath God set the members each one of them in the body, even as it pleased him. 19And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20But now they are many members, but one body. 21And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of thee: or again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22Nay, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be more feeble are necessary: 23and those parts of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness; 24whereas our comely parts have no need: but God tempered the body together, giving more abundant honor to that part which lacked; 25that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26And whether one member suffereth, all the members suffer with it; or one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27Now ye are the body of Christ, and severally members thereof. 28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, divers kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30have all gifts of healings? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31But desire earnestly the greater gifts. And moreover a most excellent way show I unto you.

Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage

The limitations posed by her physical appearance notwithstanding, Mrs. Sung committed to do whatever she could for the spread of the gospel. She tried to preach, but without success, for her appearance caused much “merriment” among the people. Yet she persisted and finally found a place to share the love of Jesus with sick people.
Mr. G. Stott, undeterred by his physical disability—the loss of one leg early on in life—committed over 23 years of his life, until his death; pioneering and preaching the gospel in Chekiang, enduring many hardships but always comforted by the loving presence of his God.
Hudson Taylor understood that the church of God will always be a body with many members and he committed to promoting and supporting the work of other missionaries and members of the body. For him, the ultimate aim of winning souls was more important than any organizational or denominational difference.
A blind man who was told he would never see again, became a servant of the Lord and printed the Bible in 12 different languages, in raised letters for the blind to read. He had a congregation of three million people, and though he was physically blind, he had eyes for his soul and could see a bright future with God.