Tuesday, October 6, 2009


One of my favorite things to do in free time is to read. Lately, I have been enjoying the writings of Nelson Searcy, a church growth leader. In his book, "Church Systems 2.0", he makes the following statement:

"God must be into systems. He organized the universe with systems. He established the measurement of time through a system. And, from the beginning,
He formed our bodies as a cohesive unit of systems."

We use systems everyday. If I am sick, it is a problem in my system somewhere. The system is tied together. The hands are connected to the brain through a system of nerves and muscles. The hand can do nothing if disconnected from the system.

In Paul's letter to the church at Corinth, He dealt with this concept in a meaningful way. Good stuff to ponder this morning:

1 Corinthians 12:14-27 "Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, "I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand," that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, "I am not part of the body because I am not an eye," would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, "I don't need you." The head can't say to the feet, "I don't need you." In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ's body, and each of you is a part of it."

No matter how alone you feel today, you are part of a wonderful system. We need each other.

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