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A Part to Play

Posted By Ken Alvis, Pastor of Community Groups & Assimilation On Friday, May 12, 2017

​It’s fun watching God in action, especially with His church and how He uses His people.  On any given Sunday at RiverLakes Church there are many tasks being completed by many people.  These tasks run the gamut from highly visible to behind-the-scenes.  The men and women involved do so with joy, passion, and a servant heart that highlights church teamwork through many exercising their spiritual gifts and abilities. It is a joy to take a step back and marvel at it all.

What does church teamwork look like in action on a Sunday?  How about volunteering for parking, greeting, ushering, safety team, tech help in audio and video, lighting, worship band, teaching and helping in Sunday School, worship in the Junior High and Senior High services, preaching /teaching in Junior High, High School and in the Main Auditorium, hosting in the Next Steps area for guests, providing help in the Information Center, and facility setup help in the patio area.    

The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 gave the example of a physical body to highlight how the body of Christ operates.  He said that the human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body.  Likewise, the body of Christ has many diverse parts, but all work together in harmony.   A highlight of Paul’s teaching on this subject was the statement in verse 18 which says “But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where He wants it.”  Think about that – God has placed His people right where He wants them to be.  

Don’t underestimate your importance to the body of Christ.  Most of the positions mentioned above are behind-the-scenes, yet they are not any less a part of the body.  Paul uses humor to illustrate the importance of all parts of the body.  He compares a hand to a foot, and an eye to an ear.  The foot feels insignificant compared to the hand.  The hand is in the public’s view and is very visible but the foot is generally confined in a shoe.  When at a meeting and it’s time for a vote what do we say?  We don’t say “All in favor raise your foot,” but instead “All in favor, raise your hand.”  Although the hand gets much attention, the body would be in bad shape without a foot.

Similarly, the ear feels inferior to the eye.  The eye is out front whereas the ear is on the side.  No one ever talks about ears except that they are dirty and need to be cleaned.  Poems are written about eyes, not ears.  Has anyone ever approached you and said, “Wow!  You have beautiful ears.”  I didn’t think so.  Yet ears are critical for the body to function at its best.

RiverLakes Church could be compared to a jigsaw puzzle.  There are many who call RiverLakes their home.  Each one has unique talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts.  Every one of them is necessary to the big picture – the proper functioning of the church.  There are no spares and extras.  Everyone is vital and God has put each of us just where He wants us to be.  What an amazing God.

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