Parts are Parts, Which Part Are You?
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Our body is an amazing, complex structure. Every part of it has a defined purpose. The evolutionists have told us in the past that we have vestigial body parts such as wisdom teeth, the tailbone, and the appendix, parts that we don’t need, or over time have lost much or all of its purpose. Of course we know this is not true. Try sitting down without a tail-bone, see how that works out for you. Every part of the body has as purpose and without it, the body suffers. Either a function does not get done or other parts of the body must work overtime to compensate.
The same is with the Body of Christ. Every member is an important part of the body. When we are all together and performing our function, not worried about what the other parts are doing or not doing, the Body of Christ can run better than a well oiled machine.
Try walking without your little toe. Yes, you can walk without it but you will have to re-learn to balance yourself. The same goes for the body of Christ, it can function without various members, but how much more can be done when it has both its arms, legs and kidneys? To optimize the either the physical body’s performance or the effectiveness of the Body of Christ, parts are parts and all parts are needed.
I’d encourage you to go back to my December 17, 2011 post called: Are you a Vestigial Christian? and revisit this topic of Vestigial Christians.
Our bodies are made up many parts and everyone is needful to the body. The Body of Christ is equally needful of every part, every member. If we fail to do our job, to perform the function in the body that Christ has called us to do, the Body will not perform at its peak performance and others will have to compensate for our failure.
So what about you and your family? How can your family become an effective part of the Body of Christ? You may say that you’re too busy or your children are too small to be a vital role in the Body, but you’d be wrong. We all have the same hours in the day, it is how we choose to spend them that’s important. Even young children can be a source of encouragement to someone, young or old. I’ll bet there are plenty of older saints in your church and circle of life that would love to have young people come by regularly, even for just a few moments say hello and maybe drop off some cookies. How about ministering as a family to encourage other believers? Here are just a few ways our family minister to the Body:
- I serve on the Missions Committee of our church.
- My wife encourages other homeschool mothers and is a group leader in a women’s group.
- As a family, we go to the Salvation Army regularly and provide music for a service
- Our daughter sings in the choir and sings solos in the church service
- My wife and I are leaders in our Sunday School class
- Our children play their instruments (guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle) as special music occasionally on Sunday nights, at nursing homes and in the Christian School
- Our oldest daughter ministers to other young women through her blog
- Our daughters baby sit for young mothers that attend a weekly Bible study
There are many ways even young people can encourage other believers. What our family does may not be practical for your family, but if you’re not fulfilling your role in the Body of Christ today I’d encourage you to take some time today to contemplate how you, how your family can fulfill your role in the Body of Christ today.
Not you, not your spouse, nor your children are Vestigial Christians, as Christians, we all (yes even young children) have been given a measure of grace and spiritual works. Have you allowed your spiritual muscles atrophied to the point of being useless and need to be build back up or are you exercising your good works?
Parts are parts, and all parts of the Body of Christ are necessary.
Have you found a unique way for your family to minster to the Body of Christ? Why not reply with a comment and let readers know. You may encourage others to think outside the box as well.