Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27).
The human body is an amazing creation! For example, have you ever looked at a diagram of the human eye? The eye is an incredibly complex organ that does amazing things so that we can see a beautiful flower, a glorious sunset, or the face of a newborn child. It is truly amazing!
Or how about your hand? Your hand allows you to do things that would just not be possible if the Lord hadn’t created it just as He wanted it. Every part of the body does what it needs to do. For example, our digestive system with all of its organs helps us to eat and drink so that we can remain strong and healthy. Our circulatory system allows oxygen-rich blood to get to the muscles so we can move and exercise. Our brains allow us to think, ponder, and enjoy jokes and laughter!
In 1 Corinthians 12:27, God tells us that the church is the body of Christ and each of us is a part of it. In other words, God has created each believer as a part of his living organism, the church. That means every one of you is important.
I simply wanted to take a moment of your day to say thank you for what you do. We often notice those people who do work in the church that is more visible. We thank our musicians who play on Sundays and appreciate the work of the ushers in our worship services. When our children come from Sunday school with enthusiasm and a lesson plan, we are grateful for those who teach them. We are right to thank all of these people and give thanks to God for creating them the way he did.
But I also want to thank the many people in our congregation who do unseen work. There are those who come during the day to help out in the office by assembling worship bulletins, by helping mailings to be sent, or by answering the phones. There are people who come and clear out weeds or plant flowers during the week when very few people are here. Other people visit shut-ins and share the hope of the Gospel with them along with love and care.
And there are others who simply pray faithfully every day, asking God’s blessing, protection, and healing for the people of God.
There is no way for me to mention every single job or ministry that all of you do. But please know that I thank God for each and every one of you, and that the body of Christ is enriched and strengthened because of what you do.
Some of you may be looking for a way to serve either in the congregation or in the community. Pray about that, asking God to open your eyes for a way to use the gifts he has given you. If you have trouble thinking of a way to serve, please contact me and I would be happy to have a conversation with you about that.
Thank you for serving. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving these precious people as part of your Body, the Church.