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The Importance of Every Member of the Church

Spiritual Gifts Holy Spirit Church/Body of Christ

Contributed By: Joe Chebat | Date Posted: 2019-03-06

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12 ; Romans 12:4

Author: Joe Chebat
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ILLUSTRATION

Have you ever experienced the performance of a world-class symphony? I don't mean listening to music through tiny white earbuds, or even your fancy home theater system.  That would be listening to the music. I'm talking about experiencing it!

There is a major difference between listening to a recording of Mozart and experiencing it live at the symphony hall. The notes may be the same, but our awareness of the conductor and each of the members of the orchestra, and the distinct movements and sounds of various instruments is completely lost when we only hear a recording of the sounds. There is something about seeing the music created before our eyes that results in a sense of wonder and exhilaration. Rather than thinking of the music as a technically satisfying product, we experience it as a profoundly incredible work of art.

I took my wife to the Pacific Symphony for a Christmas concert last year. Famous songs I had heard hundreds of times before came to life as I watched the 50-piece orchestra create the melodic sounds of Silent Night and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. It was amazing to pan across the stage and see each of these unique and gifted musicians, playing individual notes on their instruments that resulted in this incredible symphony of sounds that filled the concert hall.

When they did Sleigh Ride and they got to the second verse where you hear the “Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up let’s go. Let’s look at the show. We’re riding in a wonderland of snow.” I noticed the percussionist using two wooden blocks to make the clop, clop sound of horses running that you hear in the background of the song. I wouldn’t have even noticed this guy hidden way in the back with his wooden blocks in hand, except that he was featured on the giant video screen in the hall as the camera zoomed in on him making his clop, clop sound.  I had never realized how important this little additional sound in the background was to enhancing the rich texture of the melody and the life-like experience of the song.

APPLICATION

I thought about this as I was reading Paul’s description of different parts of the body this week. The percussionist was not in a prominent position. He didn’t play the violin in the 1st chair right next to the conductor. He was tucked in the back, relegated to slapping two wood blocks together. Yet without him adding his unique sound to the mix, the music would have been incomplete.

Similarly, understanding how spiritual gifts work melodically in a church body takes more than just listening to the harmony the members make when tuned in to their gifts. It takes seeing each member of the church as an essential individual instrument, vital to the whole body.  And it takes an appreciation for the work of the Great Conductor, the Holy Spirit - who gifts and guides each individual and the body according to His will and according to His purpose: the building up of the body of Christ.

27 Contacts

Obedience Holy Spirit Vision

Source: "Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye," By Nancy Coleman, CNN Updated 1:26 AM ET, Wed July 19, 2017

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Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-12-28

Scripture: Isaiah 44:18 ; Matthew 13:15

Author: James Miller
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ILLUSTRATION

The British journal of medicine reported in July of 2018 that a woman in England had 27 contacts removed from her eye.  She would put them in but wasn't always able to find them, so she just assumed they had fallen out. 

Actually, the lenses were slipping to the back of her eye and getting stuck.  She just kept adding new ones in, and they piled up. But despite having 27 lenses in her eye, her vision was not 27 times stronger.

APPLICATION

We can add more and more theological information to our minds, but if our hearts aren't transformed, it won't give us a clearer vision of God .  Information without the Holy Spirit can't bring about the life that God desires.

"They cannot comprehend or understand, for He has shut their eyes so they cannot see, and closed their minds so they cannot understand" (Isaiah 44:18). 

You Are The "Fiber Optic Light" Of The World

Jesus' Love Compassion Holy Spirit

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Contributed By: Dan Kelley | Date Posted: 2018-07-13

Scripture: John 8:12 ; John 15:5

Author: Dan Kelley
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ILLUSTRATION

Humans are much like a single strand of a fiber-optic cable.  Like the optical fiber, our existence is meaningless unless we are conducting light.   And like the optical fiber, none of us have any light of our own. There is only one source of light and that's Jesus.

APPLICATION

Most optical fibers are called "end glow" because light is supposed to come out of the end and not the sides.  If an "end-glow" fiber allows light to escape from the sides it is because it has been damaged.  When Christians are "damaged" by hardship, pain or suffering the Light inside comes out in the direction of that pain. 

Likewise, as we allow God to use us, He shines through us in ways that allow the light to reach others who have experienced the same pain. 

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life'" (John 8:12). 

The Secret To Losing Weight

Holy Spirit Temptation New Birth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-12-14

Scripture: Romans 7:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Why's That Smirk On Your Face?

New Birth Holy Spirit Sin Nature

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-05

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:4 ; Micah 6:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Coming Super Bloom

Second Coming Word of God Holy Spirit

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-17

Scripture: Psalms 23:4 ; Isaiah 35:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Proving Your Citizenship

Grace Salvation Holy Spirit

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-07

Scripture: Ephesians 1:13 ; Matthew 7:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Making Use of the Spirit of Power

Holy Spirit Spirituality Fruit of the Spirit

Contributed By: David Bell | Date Posted: 2015-05-20

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7

Author: David Bell
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If I Had The Spirit of God

Holy Spirit Fruit of the Spirit Spiritual Gifts

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2014-07-24

Author: Unknown
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Pregnant

Holy Spirit Spiritual Growth Witness

Contributed By: Rodney Wilkinson | Date Posted: 2014-06-10

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:19

Author: Rodney WIlkinson
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