Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 1, 2019

A Valuable & Irreplaceable Part of the Whole

“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.” Romans 12:4-6a (NLT)

It was a gorgeous day outside. My son Kaden rode his scooter up and down the driveways in our cul-de-sac with his cousins. As the afternoon wore on, fatigue combined with carelessness resulted in a heart-stopping scream. I ran outside, fearing the worst. As my eyes took in the scene, I felt my lunch threatening to make a reappearance. Limbs and scooter lay mangled at the bottom of our driveway. Gingerly holding up Kaden’s arm, I noticed one too many elbows.

With a Tarheel-blue cast to set the bone properly, Kaden tried performing his normal tasks. He was thrilled to have a pass for school for the next few weeks, but struggled to brush his teeth, eat with a fork, and shower. Everything was difficult. Before the end of the first day, he was miserable and frustrated. “I never realized how much I use my right arm,” he moaned.

The Bible refers to the church as the body of Christ. Just like Kaden struggled to do everyday tasks without his right arm, our churches struggle when individual believers neglect to serve in their own unique ways. Without a valuable and irreplaceable part playing its role, the church limps along laboring to perform normal tasks.

We don’t have to be good at everything. (Did I just hear a sigh of relief?) All we need is to be connected to a local church–a body of believers that we can serve with our gifts and talents … and be served with their collective gifts and talents.

I am so thankful for our church. I’m grateful that I can rely on others in their unique giftedness as they rely on me in my unique giftedness. Are you underestimating your value to the church?

“Father, thank You for the way You have uniquely gifted each one of us. Create in us a longing to serve our churches in the way that only we can.”

For His Glory

Tammy Randlett (
TRBC Women’s Life

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