Why we need each other
May 16 2003 by Jim Royston , Executive Director-treasurer

Why we need each other | Friday, May 16, 2003

Friday, May 16, 2003

Why we need each other

By Jim Royston Executive Director-treasurer

The other day I couldn't get my garden tractor to start. So I called the 800 number in the owners' manual and a nice voice told me exactly what to do. The culprit was a small plastic switch, which I could easily replace, allowing everything to return to proper working order.

One small, insignificant piece of equipment was able to shut down a several hundred-dollar lawn tractor, not to mention keeping me from cutting my grass. It only took one non-functioning part to stop everything else from working. Somehow, all of this reminded me of what sometimes happens in our churches.

The Bible is very clear on how everybody's gifts are needed to make the church work properly. One small issue can literally paralyze an entire church program. We forget that there are no "small players" in our congregations. Everyone is of equal importance.

In 1 Cor. 12, Paul uses the analogy of a human body to illustrate the need for everyone to work together. Eyes are not more important than ears nor do ears have greater value than the nose. The foot is not supposed to be in competition with the hand. Paul concludes by saying that if one part of the body suffers, all suffer together and if one is honored, all rejoice together (1 Cor. 12:26).

I think these biblical comparisons can also be applied to individual churches within our state convention. We need the variety of gifts present in our 3,800-plus congregations. No one church is "the model" for every other church. Although every church is committed to the same basic values and beliefs, the expressions and even emphases of these elements will differ from congregation to congregation. We come together as a convention to do missions. Virtually everything else is the business of the individual congregation.

This year's WMU theme is, "God's Plan ... My Part." This would be an excellent theme for our entire Baptist State Convention. The plan is obviously from God. How we fit into that plan is "my part" of the process and should reflect my individual skills, talents and spiritual gifts.

We all need each other within our state convention. Opportunities for missions and evangelism have never been greater. This is the worst possible time to be pulling apart or arguing over which group is more important than another group.

We need to stop building walls that separate us from one another. Instead, we need to tear down those walls and use the materials to build bridges that help us connect with a hurting world.

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