Recently, I read that a car motor has about 10,000 moving parts in it. That is quite a few parts, but it is rather vague information. While it seems like a high number, think about a ball bearing. A ball bearing has 30-32 components inside to assist in lessoning the friction in rotational velocity. Add pistons and connecting rods, valves, brakes, wheels, and drivetrain on top of components like an alternator, air pump or air compressor not to mention all the pulleys, belts and relays, or sensors…and I can see how you get to a pretty big number of moving parts.
The Church is a lot like a motor. It has lots of moving parts, but in this scenario, they are called members. The Bible teaches us that God has placed each member intentionally in a specific body (to be an essential part of the bigger motor) with a specific purpose (1 Corinthians 12). It is interesting that one bad part in a car motor will cause the car to be unable to reach its destination, until it gets fixed. I think that is sometimes the case with the church as well. If the members of the body are unable to work together for the glory of God, then the church will be unable to reach its destination or fulfill its mission.
I love preaching God’s Word. But whether you preach, teach, or just read God’s Word, it is a privilege that we can allow the Spirit to discern it so that we can understand and respond to His Word. I met a church last week that had a broke part; it wasn’t going anywhere or doing anything. However, because attendance had declined, they were now ready to do whatever it took to once again see their church thrive in its community. The broke part got fixed by placing itself at the feet of Jesus!
Don’t misunderstand me. Sometimes, even when a part is broken, the car is still drivable and can reach its destination. Maybe not as comfortably, but it will still arrive. If there is a broken part in the body, often times the church will continue going to the place God has called it to go, but perhaps not as comfortably. When your car is in need of repair, more often than not we find a mechanic and get it to him. We like everything to be working perfectly. When the body is broke, go to the Lord. He is bigger than any mountain, He will hear your prayers, and He will respond to you. But when you do, be prepared…because if you are the broke part, He will fix you too.
We will always be able to tell if we are the broke part if we honestly evaluate our speech and our actions. Is God being glorified in the things we say? How we say them? Is He being glorified in the things we do? Or how we do them? Are we letting the Lord lead us to our destination?
God is doing an amazing work through His people here at WEBC! As long as we keep His destination for us in mind and continue taking our brokenness to Him alone, we will have nothing to fear.