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Kxy Mxmbxrs

Have you ever stubbed your little toe or hit your "funny bone" or jammed a finger or twisted your ankle or bitten your tongue? If so, you don't need a preacher to teach you the truth stated by the Holy Spirit in l' Corinthians 12:25-26 — "there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it." Ever plunged your thumb into your mouth after hitting or hurting it in order for. your tongue to minister some relief to the injured member?! On a number of occasions the only thing that prevented me from cramming my little toe in my mouth in an effort to relieve the intense pain of having jammed it is that I couldn't manage to get my foot that close to my mouth! In this passage of scripture the apostle Paul reminds Christians the church is designed by God to operate as the body of Christ. Just like in a human body, the key to health and strength is found in the mutual care and dependence members have for one another. Read Paul's discourse in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 and it becomes clear that each and every member of the body of Christ is important — whether you are a foot or a hand or an eye or an ear or a nose. Each has a job to do. The problem at Corinth was that everybody wanted to be a mouth! For some reason tongue-speakers were viewed as superior while other vitally important but not-quite-so-flashy functions were devalued as inferior. Paul reminds them the body is not made up of one member but many, and that it is utterly ridiculous for us to think any body member is not important, no matter how great or small its role may seem to be. The following very cleverly written piece is of unknown origin. It has floated around in church bulletins and other church publications for years. The last place I saw it was the March, 2005 issue of the Bulletin Digest. Read it and be reminded that every member of the body of Christ is vitally important to the Lord and His church.

Xvxn though this kxboard is an old modal, it works quitx wxll xxcxpt for onx kxy. It has wishxd many timxs that it workxd pxrfxctly, but it doxsn't. It is trux that thxrx arx forty-onx kxys that do function wxll xnough, but just onx kxy not working surx maims a diffxrncx!! Somxtimxs a congrxgation is likx this kxyboard — not all thx mxmbxrs arx working propxrly. You may say to yoursxlf "Wxll, I am only onx pxrson. I won't makx or brxak a projxct." But it doxs makx a diffxrxncx bxcausx any projxct, to bx xffxctivx, nxxds thx participation of xvxry mxmbxr. So, thx nxxt timx you think you arx only onx pxrson and that your xfforts arx not nxxdxd, rxmxmbxr this kxyboard and say to yoursxlf "I am a kxy mxmbxr in the congrxgation, and I am nxxdxd vxry much!"

*Now you are the Body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it' (1 Corinthians 12:27 New International Version)

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ