Last week I told you that my son Michael accidentally cut his finger at work and needed surgery to repair a tendon on his thumb. Today he finally had that surgery. This picture shows where he got cut. If you really want to know, he cut his extensor pollicis brevis.
Cutting that tendon meant that Michael had to quit working until the tendon heals completely. He has to get weeks of therapy to restore his thumb's ability to work. The surgery totally put him out of commission today. Who knows when he'll be able to help me with yard work and things like that (bummer!).
So here we have a vivid reminder of the importance of every member of the body of Christ. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:22, "Those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable." He goes on to say that "if one part suffers, every part suffers with it" (vs. 26).
Michael would say amen to that. It's funny how injuring that one little strand brings Michael's world to a grinding halt for a long while. Similarly, when someone in the body of Christ gets lazy, or skips out, or gets taken out by spiritual attack, or goes through turmoil, or falls into grievous sin, it affects the whole community of faith.
We forget this. We think we're independent of one another. That we can do what we jolly well please and it won't make a difference to our brothers and sisters in Christ. The truth is, my sin hurts not only me but the body of Christ. My absence penalizes the body of Christ. My pain is their pain and theirs is mine.
Read Joshua 7 for a dramatic Old Testament illustration of how we're all interconnected and interdependent. Just like tendons, muscles, bones, arteries, and nerves. Let's work hard to cherish one another, to watch each other's back, to walk humbly and holy because we know how important we are to each other.