Why you need the church
There’s a story about Jimmy Durante, one of the truly great showbiz style entertainers. He was asked to do a show for some old guys who’d fought in World War II. He told them he was very busy, but if they wouldn’t mind his doing one short monologue and immediately leaving for his next appointment, he’d come. They agreed. But when Jimmy got on stage he went through the short monologue – then stayed, and stayed. Soon he’d been on stage 15, 20, then 30 minutes. Finally he took a last bow and left. Backstage someone stopped him and said ‘I thought you had to go after a few minutes. What happened?’ Jimmy answered, ‘You can see for yourself if you look on the front row.’ In the front row were two veterans who had both lost an arm in the war. On their own they were silent but together they were able to clap, and they did, loudly and cheerfully.
That’s a picture of what’s supposed to happen in church: ‘But the many parts make up only one body when they are all put together.’ The fact is no matter how good you think you are you can’t do everything on your own. There are other people there who can help and support you and people you can support in return. Sitting at the back of church having a laugh with your friends is just not good enough! Even when you’re young you’ve got a part to play. You’ve got energy, passion and enthusiasm that the oldies just don’t have. It’s your time to get up there, not to sit back!
‘…[THE] MANY PARTS MAKE UP ONLY ONE BODY…’ 1 CORINTHIANS 12:12 TLB