“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese. The Church is irreducibly complex, meaning all of the individual members need to be in place in order for it to function as intended. Removing any member impacts its functionality. Sometimes, perhaps more times than not, the seemingly insignificant members are in reality the most significant.
For an example from everyday life, consider scissors. We all know that it is the two blades moving in opposite directions that allows the cutting of paper. We rarely consider the small bolt that joins the two blades together. But remove the bolt and the scissors will not function as intended. Remove the grain of sand from an oyster and there would be no pearl. Ever hear of Mordecai Ham? Billy Graham made a decision for Christ after attending one of his revival meetings. Remove him and we may never have known of Billy Graham. Just one man? How about the millions that attended his crusades and the tens of thousands that made professions for Christ. But even Mordecai Ham was just one link in a long chain reaching out from the past to reach Billy Graham. Links with names not known to us, but whose impact reaches into eternity.
My Advice – You may not be a Billy Graham, or even a Mordedai Ham. But you are an integral part of God’s plan for the Church. You can be that small bolt. “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” (1 Corinthians 1:26–29, NIV 1984).
Think you are insignificant? Just a little bolt? Think again.