We Spent Two Days Looking For This

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While washing the dishes, my daughter dropped something on the floor. We all heard it drop but we did not know what it was. So we checked around, all over the floor and found nothing. We both agreed that it was nothing. The next morning everything went on as usual and she left for school. When she came back in the evening, she announced that her water bottle was not functioning. She had really strained taking her water because the straw wasn’t walking. She then remembered that there is always a tiny white rubber that was missing. The search for whatever fell down the day before continued. We turned the kitchen upside down in search of the round shaped rubber which we later came to learn is a stopper gasket. (Yes, we googled ‘parts of a water bottle’ for me to understand what we were looking for)  So, yesterday as I was folding shopping bags, something fell down. It was the stopper, the tiny rubber that had made our lives difficult. (Because someone insists it’s the only way to take water) We really celebrated! Finally she could use her water bottle again.

It reminded me of how people drop out of ministries. In some cases the rest of the members don’t even notice. Others have an idea that someone who used to sit on that chair no longer comes. A few will ask for photos so as to know who it was, because they never paid attention to them. The closest friends will start searching for her, because they understand their importance in the team. Maybe they were the reason the choir sounded so well, or the reason the church was ever clean, or the reason tea was served during Bible study sessions. When they go missing it shakes the team. In some cases, the team does not function at all. No matter how ‘small’ their role is.

1 Corinthians 12 talks about the body of Christ, comparing it with a human body, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable. The Bible says that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Now we are the body of Christ, and each one of us is a part of it. If we ignore each other ‘The water bottle will not function’ and who knows how long it will take for us to find the stopper? Let us learn to appreciate one another in the body of Christ. Some are prophets, some are teachers and some are singers. All are important. Let us also learn to take up our roles seriously. No matter how little your role may be perceived, it is needed for the body of Christ to function well.

May God help us all.

Amen.

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