As some of you may know, I recently had surgery on my wrist and elbow. It was supposed to be a simple routine procedure. However, things don't always turn out the way we expect and that was certainly true in my case. I had quite a few complications which greatly prolonged my recovery. All at once, I became acutely aware of all the activities I normally take for granted. I was unable to bend my arm, tie my shoes, button my shirt, or sign my name. Many of the chores I normally do became the responsibility of my wife, including waiting on me hand and foot. Thankfully, I am now starting on the road to recovery.
I am sure many of you have had a similar experience when a part of your body was hurt or ailing. All at once you realize how much you depend on that injured toe, thumb, or back. If possible, when this occurs, other parts of your body have to take up the slack that was once the responsibility of the injured member. When we are finally well again, it is such a welcome relief.
The Bible teaches this is also true in a spiritual sense. In 1 Corinthians 12:20-27: But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet, " I have no need of you." On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and the members of the body, which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our unseemly members come to have more abundant seemliness, where as our seemly members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked that there should be no divisions in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it."
Each and every member of this congregation is VITAL. For us to progress and grow, we need each and every one. No one is more important or less important than anyone else. We all must do our part for the church to be successful in the work of the Lord. As we go forward, let's all make a conscious effort to do what we can to be acceptable in His sight and grow the body of Lord in this place.