“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” (I Corinthians 12:12)
The founder of Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, introduced the Model T to America a century ago. It was priced low enough in cost (slightly over $600.00 new) so that the average American family could afford one. You could get it in any color. . .as long as it was black. It was a simple machine built for transportation rather than luxury. The reason it was priced so low was because of a novel idea created by this industrial genius. Henry Ford was responsible for installing and utilizing the first assembly line in America. Before the induction of the assembly line, only about 100 automobiles per week were manufactured. Afterwards, the number rose to more than 100 per day. As certain glitches were corrected and improved upon, the number of cars turned out daily soared. Model T’s were seen everywhere, in every city, town, and village. When asked why the assembly line was so successful, Mr. Ford remarked, “Teamwork, it all depends on teamwork. Every man does his particular job.”
The human body is a delicate organism of true teamwork. God created and fashioned our bodies to operate as one unit although it is comprised of many different working elements. None of these elements work alone or independently of the others; they all work in unison in some mysterious way to cause the body to function as it was designed. Some parts that we are not that familiar with carry a great deal of importance. The apostle Paul said, “And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.” (I Corinthians 12:23) We may give more attention and spend more money on the comely parts (hair, skin, teeth, etc.) until the uncomely parts (prostate, intestines, liver, etc.) start giving us problems. Then we tend to forget about our hair or anything else; we just want to feel better and we can attend to our looks later. Some things (comely parts) give us our identification, while the unseen (uncomely parts) give us our basis of operation. Yet there is the vital need for teamwork.
The local church is a body (of believers) as well. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.” (Ephesians 4:4) “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body.” (Ephesians 5:23) Paul lets us know that we have all been placed in the body (of Christ) in very strategic places to please Him (God) who has placed us there. There is that same situation in the local church. We are there for a particular and spiritual reason and that is to please God. Therefore, for any ministry to be effective and fruitful, there must be teamwork. A church must be comprised of unselfish and spiritual minded individuals who naturally care for everyone in the church. Although the church is not an assembly line, everyone has a particular place and an important part if we, as a congregation, seek to glorify God and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ.Pastor Preston Parker