Shakespeare wrote these famous words in his comedic play As You Like It. You don’t have to be a theater buff to recognize that a successful theatrical performance requires many individuals to do their part before the curtain goes up. … If anyone fails to do his or her part, the whole production is in jeopardy.
The church is much like a theatrical production in that sense. The church brings together all sorts of people with different likes and dislikes, talents, gifts, passions, and resources. Individually, we may think that what we can contribute isn’t worth much or isn’t very important. Just like in the theater, though, there are no unimportant parts. When we each do our part, the final product is far bigger and better than the mere sum of everyone’s efforts. When the Holy Spirit enters the picture, anything can happen.
—Linda Tower Pevey, We Are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts (Upper Room Books, 2019)
When have you experienced the truth of this statement: When we each do our part, the final product is far bigger and better than the mere sum of everyone’s efforts.? Join the conversation.
Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many.
—1 Corinthians 12:12 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, thank you for the power you have given us through your Holy Spirit. Help us to live as faithful disciples of Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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