A preaching mentor of mine recently compared the church to a jigsaw puzzle and its members to individual pieces — indented to receive other pieces, and protruding to be received by others.  As big a fan of puzzles, the church, and good gospel preaching, you would think I would have made better use of that word picture over the years.  Well, let me spend 300 words fixing that error of omission.

Every member has its place, just like the members all have a place in the body (1 Corinthians 12:18).  When each part is in place and functioning correctly, it serves the interests of the body at large — and the Head of that body.

Every member connects to every other member (1 Corinthians 12:27) — perhaps directly, perhaps indirectly.  We do not exist independently; we wouldn’t serve any purpose on our own, either for ourselves, for others, or for the Lord.

The picture we form together is greater than the sum of its parts  (Ephesians 4:15-16).  It resembles none of us, yet encompasses all of us.  We come to it with whatever little we may have, and the Master creates a masterpiece around us.

So celebrate your place in the church.  Embrace it.  Be as worthy as you can of it.  Glorify God in it.  Be the piece in God’s magnificent puzzle that only you can be. 

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