A Hose

Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

I’m home from church late tonight. After services I had to take my son to the garage to pick up his car. It had been cutting out on him the last few days, nearly dying when ever he let off the accelerator. As I thought, one of the vacuum lines had dry rotted. It really is funny to think as many complicated systems as there are in a vehicle that one small hose, that doesn’t even carry any of the fluids, can totally paralyze it.

The church, especially on the local level, is very much the same way. Scripture compares it to a body, each member serving a vital function that without one it can be totally halted. Have you ever really thought about that concept? I mean really, deeply pondered it? Recently I’ve had reason to and it has given me a greater appreciation for the analogy.

Think of this: By your obedience to God’s will you could greatly impact another brother or sisters actions. If God places something on your heart to do, your doing, or not doing, what He has placed upon you might make the difference in another action that your brother/sister is called to do. And by your action or inaction you play an integral part in God’s plan going forward as He plans.

Building Up

Hebrews 10:-24-25

24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Wednesday night my wife, Billie, and I attended the worship service at our church association’s teen camp. It was a wonderful service, culminating with at least two (their were so many gathered in support and prayer around the alter it could’ve been more) teens giving their lives to Christ.

The thing that keeps coming back to my mind are the testimonies I heard that night from these kids. They reminded me how much the youth of today have to contend with everyday. If we, as adults, have to struggle along at times on our walk, think of the extra pressure these young ones face. And the don’t yet have the benefit of the life-experience we have to assist them.

We need to encourage our kids (and I mean all of them, not just our blood-kin) as much as we can. We have to edify them, show them Godly love, and set solid Christian examples for them. And we must let them know that we are there for them and then make ourselves available to them when they need us.