The Value of One Part
The Value of One Part
A week and a half ago I got into my car to head to Wednesday evening Bible study. However, when I shut the door of my car, it stubbornly (and repeatedly) refused to latch. To make a long story a bit shorter, the small latch mechanism in the door broke.
I’ve never encountered this problem before. I guess I’ve always taken for granted what that small mechanism does every time I get in and out of the car. Thursday I drove to Cleburne holding the door shut (I don’t recommend that!). I found out that the part is not carried by any of the auto part stores. It is, however, carried by the Ford dealer. For the special price of a little over $500, they will install a new one for me!
In 1 Corinthians 12 the apostle Paul discusses the value of each member of the body of Christ. In that context he has miraculous gifts in mind, but some of the same principles would hold true of our non-miraculous gifts (or abilities).
All of the gifts are for the “common good” of the body of Christ (verse 7). All of these gifts are from the same Spirit, given as He willed (v. 11). No member is any less a part of the body (v. 15). If one member is not functioning properly, the body cannot be what it was designed to be (v. 17). Paul says that each part is “indispensable” (v. 22).
It sounds to me that each of us is kind of like that latch on my car, perhaps we are small in a way, but each is quite necessary for the proper functioning of the church.
Consider the abilities and opportunities God has afforded you. Are you latching? Are you fulfilling what God wants you to be in the body of Christ?
Sometimes we think of the things we can do as being rather insignificant, but the truth is they are quite indispensable to the growth of the body of Christ. When we don’t contribute our part, the church becomes crippled. It is kind of like my car that has the drivers side door strapped shut! That one little non-functioning part has made the proper functioning of the car very difficult. The same thing occurs when the church has parts that have ceased to carry out their God-given design.
May God help us to understand how each of us can contribute to the work of the church, and then be serious about be doers of the Word (see James 1:22).