Washing Machines

1 Corinthians 12:12For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ (NKJV).

Paul reminded the church then, and he’s reminding the church now, that each member of the body has a place of importance. He likened the body of Christ to our physical bodies. Each part of our bodies has a purpose and function. While we can live without some parts, doing so would not be easy or ideal.

Keep this in mind also: The most vital parts of our physical bodies are the ones unseen. The same is true in the church. The unseen parts—or “silent machines” as I like to call them—are often the people the church cannot function as effectively without.

For instance, a washing machine gets no credit for doing its job day in and day out. The only attention it receives is when it breaks down or doesn’t wash the clothes effectively.

Perhaps you feel the same way today. Maybe it seems as if the only time you are noticed is when you don’t “wash the clothes” correctly or miss an assignment. Most people feel underappreciated at some point, so I encourage you to remain faithful. We need each other. You have a place; you have a purpose, and you matter.

1 Corinthians 12:27Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a part of it (NIV).

—Heidi Jonker

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