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.