Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Often in church, we focus on the vertical relationship between ourselves and God. We want to be sure that we are seeking that relationship first, and we tend to ignore the other vital aspect of church, the horizontal relationship.
Paul lifts it up as very important here -- we honor God in the way we serve, love and accept one another. Christ came to serve, and so we also should serve, because in doing so we imitate Christ, and by imitating him we honor him and invite others to come to know him better.
So let us continue to focus on the vertical aspect of Christianity, but may we not ignore the horizontal aspect that calls us into relationship with our neighbors.