Where Independence Meets Camaraderie by Jennifer Waddle

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Where Independence Meets Camaraderie
Series: In It Together
Jennifer Waddle
1 Corinthians 1:4-9

 My husband banters with me every time someone in our family gets sick or has an unusual symptom, because he knows I will always have a few medical diagnoses in mind. But he laughs aloud when I combine the family’s symptoms into one terrible disease. (Who, me?)

 I like reading about medical stuff. I like looking up symptoms to find out what on earth it could be. Silly, (and dangerous), I know. But with that in mind, please allow me to offer a bit of information should you ever lose a toe.

Yep, lose a toe. Now, heaven forbid that would ever happen! But if it did, I’ve heard that the pinky toe is the most dispensable. Why? Because it carries the least amount of weight, and the other toes can easily compensate for it.

Having said that, I read an account of a woman who had to have her pinky toe amputated. As expected, it didn’t take long for her other toes to compensate, helping her walk and run. However, the way she angled her foot eventually led to the bones shifting, causing them to overlap each other.

 Ouch and double ouch.

 The bottom line…her pinky toe wasn’t as dispensable as she first thought.

Are you feeling like a "pinky toe" in the body of Christ? Do you feel unimportant or even "cut off" from the rest of the foot? I’m not trying to be gross—I promise—but I am trying to paint a clear picture of how we sometimes feel within the body of believers.

But listen, Sisters, even if we are only the toenail on the wee little pinky toe, we are valuable to the foot. And the foot is valuable to the leg. And the leg is valuable to the torso…you get the picture. When one single part is left out, the body limps along. Ladies, we were designed to work together.

If you don’t believe me, read what Paul had to say…

 "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love."

(Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV emphasis mine)

 If ever you wondered what the body of Christ is all about, ...

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