Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
-1 Corinthians 12:12-14
This is my pedal board. ‘Whats a pedal board?’ I hear you ask. Well, when I play my electric guitar at church, these little boxes alter the sound before it gets to the amp to make the sounds you’ll usually hear during a worship set. For those of you who know all about pedal boards and your interested in what set up I actually use, I’ll talk about that another time. Why are pedal boards relevant to this post anyway?
I was thinking about the passage above while I was tweaking this earlier on. As believers we all use our various gifts to act as different parts of the one body of Christ. It’s kind of like this pedal board. All of these pedals are required to work together in order create an overall sound. Apart from each other, they have a very limited function but when combined, they can become a powerful tool to support our worship times. If the cables break, it can disrupt the signal and the output is limited or even cut completely. I believe the same outcome could occur if communication with each other is poor. Ultimately, God will do huge things despite us, but we can severely limit our human contribution if we don’t work well together. All of us add something slightly different to the families, groups, teams and churches that we’re in and like being a part of this pedal board, we can have a significant impact on our output should we choose to. Having said that, we could simply choose to do nothing and let everything that is happening bypass us. There are times where it is beneficial to do that; but it’s much better to do it out of choice than lethargy.
There you have it. A short post on why the body of Christ is like a pedal board. Err, so there.