Fixer Upper

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. Romans 12:4-5
So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Ephesians 2:19

Insight

Our house is beginning to show its age and "character." One thing after another is breaking, in need of repair or demanding our attention. As soon as we fix an issue, something else pops up. At this rate, my wife and I will quickly replace Chip and Joanna Gaines as the kings of the fixer-upper.

A few months ago, we tackled a fickle dryer that would spin, but refused to warm up. So, off we went watching YouTube videos and dismantling our Whirpool piece by piece.  The culprit, a heating element on the fritz, a simple, small break in a single coil.

We put everything back together, attempted to turn it on, and nothing. After pulling my hair out and muttering under my breath, I noticed the door was ajar, which sparked this discovery: the plastic door latch had cracked. A piece, costing maybe $1, that at first glance would seem so insignificant, kept the dryer from doing what it was designed to accomplish.

Maybe it's just me, but it boggles my mind how a massive machine like my Whirpool dryer, and all the parts that make it up, are unable to function correctly if one component fails to stay engaged. Each piece matters. Each piece has a purpose and role.

The same holds true for the body of Christ. But, if I'm honest, at times, I doubt whether my contribution makes much of a difference. Thousands of other people could take my place and fill my role, and probably accomplish more than I ever could.

When I shared these thoughts with a good friend, they assured me I was correct. "Yes, there are tons of people who could fill in and knock it out of the park." Not quite the encouragement I was looking for, until I realized they paused and continued with, "But, God decided to place you right where you are at, and that's no accident."

This is true. For whatever reason, God called me to be a husband to Jenn and a father to two beautiful girls. He made me a son, a brother, an uncle, a son-in-law, friend, a co-worker and a neighbor. Of all the places in the world, God plopped me down in Southeastern NC, made me fall in love with it to the point we call it home. He brought me to PC3 and surrounded me with a community where I can serve and be known. He provided me with gifts and talents to write and communicate. He wired me in a way with a unique personality and mindset. All of those things make me who I am.

Understanding and recognizing the opportunities for me to contribute enable me to trust and know that my part matters. Now, look at your life – because it matters too. Reflect on the ways God has gifted you. Consider your circle of influence, your passions, your interests, and your resources. It might not seem like it, but God placing you where you are at is also no accident.

By engaging in the places where you live, owning the roles you've been given and stepping into opportunities, not only do you open yourself up to be used and stretched, but you also help bring fullness to the picture of what the body of Christ is supposed to look like.

Each part matters, including your own.

Reflection

  • Do you believe your part matters to the body of Christ? Why or why not? What makes you answer in the way that you do?

Prayer

God, thank you for making me the way that You have. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of something much bigger than my needs, my agenda and my wants. Help me to own my contribution - to view it as valuable, worthwhile and significant.  Let what I do and who I am bring honor to Christ. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.

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