A blessed day to you all!
Let me start with taking you back a bit to high school biology class- remember that? Two lessons about the human body we all likely learned were this: There are eight systems in the human body, AND each system relies on the other to keep the body functioning. Said a different way, many different elements are constantly working to keep your body going, AND each system relies on the other to keep it all going! Each independently important, yet each totally reliant on the others to be productive- an amazing dichotomy!
Thousands of years ago, even without a high school biology background, the Bible spoke to this reality. I Corinthians 12:12: “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body”. The Apostle Paul, author of I Corinthians, then uses the image of the body to describe how the church functions best, and sums it all up with this powerful line: “Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it” (I Corinthians 12:27).
Peek around Lord of Glory this week, and you’ll see this principle played out in its fullness. It’s VBS week this week, which means some 112 wonderful children spend the week with us- singing, dancing, playing games, crafting, snacking, laughing and so much more. It takes an absolute ARMY of volunteers to make it all happen, and let me tell you- we have an amazing team of volunteers! We have had an awesome week. And the beauty of it all is that each volunteer knows they are playing a role, and that their role contributes to the whole. No role is more important than the other, and each role relies on the others to help out. It’s a powerful, inspiring portrait of the body of Christ at work!
So let me encourage YOU today- “Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it”. Sometimes we can second-guess our roles in life, or where life has us, or how it’s all going. In those moments, trust the Word of God and its power, and that you indeed are making a difference in the lives of others where you are presently planted. You play a role, and while you rely on others, others equally rely on you!
As one of our VBS songs goes, “I was made for this…”