“If we all pull together, together, together,
If we all pull together How happy we’ll be!
For your work is my work, and our work is
God’s work;
If we all pull together
How happy we’ll be!”

Recently I have been demolishing an old fireplace and chimney that was no longer useable, and I plan to convert to a gas fireplace. I never really had an idea of just how many bricks a large fireplace con-sisted of until now. Thankfully, I had a friend come over and help with the chimney demo, but for the inside work I have been using my five little helpers at home (aka. the kids). If one were to examine the little sand buckets that Caleb and Tinsleigh carry, it might appear as if they were not helping much at all. However, I am here to tell you that their many trips with the little buckets has saved my back from aches and pains!

The Bible has a lot to say about working together, and even calls the church a “body of Christ”. Just as the human body is made up of different parts, so is the body of Christ. Not every part is designed to carry the ‘big buckets’, but each part does contribute to the body as a whole. Without each part the body suffers.

18 But as it is, God has arranged each one of the parts in the body just as he wanted. 19 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye can-not say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that are weaker are indispensable. 23 And those parts of the body that we consider less honorable, we clothe these with greater honor, and our unrespectable parts are treated with greater respect, 24 which our respectable parts do not need.

Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25 so that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. 26 So if one mem-ber suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:18-26)

Sometimes when we can’t carry the big buckets we may feel like we’re not useful, but the truth is that the body still needs us!