Significance is Only Because of What You are a Part

We practice for the worship service at the E3 Center. E3 is the teenager ministry. There is a stage with a lower level for the singers and monitors. Sometimes, I have trouble hearing the vocals because the monitors are far away. (I know, I should plug into the AVIOM and use the in-ear monitors.)

We prefer using the stage monitors because we don’t have in-ear monitors at the Civic Center. I plug my headphones directly into the keyboard. We like to play “live” and “loud.” (The teenagers like it even louder which is another reason I don’t plug into the AVIOM!)

Last night at practice, I couldn’t hear the lead vocalist on one of the songs. I turned my volume down from 75% to 25%. Steve gave me a questioning look because the keyboard disappeared out of the stage monitor. (I could still hear it through my headphones.)

Being a Christian is like being in a band. There is a lead vocalist that is louder than the others but needs the support of the other vocalists. When one part is not heard the band sound suffers. Play each part in balance.

1 Corinthians 12:14, 18, 22, “The body is not one part, but many….But now God has established the parts, every one of them, in the body as it has pleased Him. No, those parts of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.” Modern English Version

The Message puts it this way: “As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where He wanted it. But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster….the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach….If you had to choose, wouldn’t you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair?…Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything.”

“Some people do large important things. Other people do the small, essential tasks that make the important thing possible. I’ve always just done simple, small things. But I know that I can do those things well. I’m proud of the part I’ve played. I know that the larger success is mine as well.”

Gena, Magnolia Market Host

“The Magnolia Journal” Summer 2017

God has carefully placed me where He wants me. I will do the small, simple, essential tasks as well as I can.

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