Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Chaplain's Corner

Guest blogger, Chaplain Paul, is one of the most effective chaplains in America today. He is an emergency responder to every situation.

Hey, this is the Chaplain again.

We have a couch in our living room with a recliner built into it. This week the reclining part stopped working. I turned it upside down to see if I could fix it.

There are a lot of parts and pieces under there; a very sturdy steel mechanism and other apparatus that help the couch function as it should. Everything looked good . . . except for one part, a small lever that you pull to activate the movement. The malfunction of that one small part shut down the whole operation. And now my couch is just sitting there, unable to function as it was designed to do.

In some ways that couch reminds me of the church. Sometimes just one small part (person) gets broken or out of alignment and the whole thing gets messed up, not doing what God intended for it to do.

Maybe you don't feel like you're all that important to your church. But what does God's word say? The Bible compares the Church to a body. In first Corinthians 12 it says,
"As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable."
Look at the word, "indispensable." YOU ARE INDISPENSABLE! The Church, the body of Christ, needs You. Your church will not work as well as it should without you doing your part.

Now please understand, I'm talking to Christians here. If you are a born again child of God then you belong in Church. I know there are lots of excuses for not going - and we all know most of them are unacceptable. Every Christian has an indispensable part to play IN CHURCH.

Now, if you're not an authentic Christian - the first thing you need to do is give your life to Christ and then get involved in Church. And you can do that right now, right where you are.



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