Written by: Mandy Hill
From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:16 (ESV)
Recently my husband asked if I could pick up a few containers of chlorine for our pool. I agreed and brought my five-year-old daughter, Sophia along with me for the ride.
What I didn’t know was that God would take that menial little errand and use my daughters innocent question that day, to speak deep into my heart about the church body.
The store in which we purchase this chlorine requires you to travel into a fenced area where you may pick up things such as pool chemicals, larger garden decor and lumber after you pay for the products inside their main building.
On the short drive out of this area my daughter pipes up and asks: “Mommy. What are all those pieces of wood for?”
“They are there for people to buy so they can put together things like a house, a shed or building of some sort. Things like that.”
Sophia, sounding frustrated with my response to her question says: “Well, why don’t they do it then? They just look like junk laying everywhere when they’re not put together!”
Her words threw my mind into motion and I began to think about the church. Like the lumber yard, the church is made up of many parts and pieces. If we are not joined together we are missing the Lord’s grand design for our church body.
Each piece has an important role like lumber, nails, windows, doors, shingles and screws, the church has many roles that need to be filled in order to function as it should; Pastors, deacons, ushers, volunteers, leaders and musicians to name a few.
Imagine a house without a front door. As seasons change snow, rain and bugs would find their way in. Likewise, if a house was built without nails, just a few gusts of wind would cause that house to crumble in no time at all. No role is too big or too small to God. Whatever part we are being called to we need to do it to the best of our ability. Each part is crucial to the grand design that God has created for our church body.
If we are not functioning and moving forward together; we are merely pieces of lumber in a lumberyard missing out on their purpose.
Grab onto the vision your church leadership is giving your church and play your role with excellence and enthusiasm. The more excellently you give yourself to your part; the more lives your church will be capable of changing for kingdom purposes!
Jesus, please help us to be better contributors to our church body. Help us to solidify what role You would like us to play and do that well. Like a house, the church body needs many roles to function properly. Please help us not to miss the crucial part we are to play. Our role is never too big or too small in Your eyes. Thank You for that. In Jesus name, Amen.