Unwilling Members

by Tim Hall
**Every member of the Lord’s church has a part to play.**
letterg.jpgThe problem began almost a week ago. The keyboard on my laptop takes quite a pounding on an almost daily basis. Between sermons, articles and e-mail correspondence, a lot of writing happens at my desk. I like it best when I can let my fingers fly, recording the thoughts that come to mind.
For some reason the letter “g” started sticking. Sometimes it works just as it should; other times it doesn’t quite make contact and no character is deposited. It has now affected my confidence. Instead of typing without concentrating on what actually lands on the screen, I must type deliberately, making sure the “g” works when called upon.
I know what you’re thinking, but I’ve been careful about not having liquids around my keyboard. (I learned that lesson the hard way about five years ago.) A friend speculates that it’s probably just dust, or perhaps crumbs from the munchies that sometimes get too close. I’ll pick up a can of compressed air which will hopefully clear out the problem. After that, the scenarios grow more dark.
Only one letter out of 26 in our alphabet, “G” is not the most frequently used letter, but its absence is certainly felt. To keep sing from becoming sin, I need this little fellow. His unwillingness to serve affects the entire process of writing.
This is a parable, of course, to show the importance of each member of the Lord’s church. This fact was part of the truth to which Paul referred in 2 Corinthians 3:2,3: “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us …” (NKJV)
The lives of the Christians in Corinth formed a message that could be read by anyone in the community. But what happened if one or more Christians chose not to cooperate? What if, instead of striking a note of holiness, they left an impression that more resembled the sinful world? Would not the message of the church be rendered less powerful than it might otherwise be?
The lesson applies to every Christian. Every key on my keyboard must be ready to respond, from the commonly used “e” or “r” to the seldom used “q”. In the same way, every Christian must be ready to add their part to the message of grace, salvation and holiness. Peter affirmed this truth: “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10).
Whether it be letters on a keyboard or Christians, readiness to serve is what makes projects go smoothly. “Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21).

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