All Pieces Necessary

jigsaw puzzle

ALL PIECES NECESSARY

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,  so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others (Romans 12:4, 5).

Scripture: Romans 12:3–8
Song: “Bind Us Together”

Long before video games, high-definition television, cell-phone text messaging, and surfing the World Wide Web, people entertained themselves with less technical pursuits. One of them was putting jigsaw puzzles together. My sister and I loved working on them: the more pieces, the better. If Mom and Dad joined in, then we each took a corner and worked toward the middle. Sometimes it took weeks to complete one—all the more fun.

Occasionally, pieces disappeared, no doubt chewed up by Whiskers, our dog. What a disappointment to work for weeks on a picture and not finish it because of missing pieces! It didn’t matter which ones were gone; without all of them, the picture was incomplete, fragmented.

The same holds true for the church. We need everyone and every ministry if Christ’s body is to be whole and healthy. Each jagged-edged member fits perfectly together when Christ becomes the focus of the picture. All members have their own specialty, each one complementing the other.

O Lord, I realize my contributions to the body of Christ are valuable. When I am absent from the body, an essential piece of the ministry is missing. Being needed feels good! Thank you, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“All Pieces Necessary” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2010 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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2 thoughts on “All Pieces Necessary

  1. Lynn Hare

    Charles, I love the illustration of interlocking pieces – nice image with this post. I’m memorizing Romans 12, and this is one of my favorite verses in the chapter. The sum is greater than the total of its parts, eh? I love that we are also encouraged to “think of yourself in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” Our measure of faith extends beyond any individual event or even church. Kingdom extends from heaven to all of eternity. We are “on earth as it is in heaven.”

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    1. Charles Earl Harrel Post author

      Thanks Lynn. We need everyone and every ministry if the Church is to become as God designed it. We must allow the Holy Spirit to place the pieces (assemble the members) where and how He thinks is best. I agree about Romans 12 (and the entire Epistle of Romans). It has important truths for all believers.

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