Your Church Needs You
Church unity does not mean sameness. Though each church member shares the same value, they do not share the same function. This diversity within the unity of the church is what makes its members interdependent. We need one another. Just as a foot cannot serve the same function as an eye, or an eye the same as an ear, each church member serves a peculiar and important role in the church. The ear needs the eye’s vision and the eye needs the ear’s hearing. No matter how well the eye can see, it never makes the ear unneeded. Likewise, no matter how others are gifted or to what degree they are gifted, they never make your contributions unneeded. We are all different, valuable, and interdependent so that we can be unified as one.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Acts 28:15 And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage.
When Paul saw fellow believers he “took courage”. He was encouraged to see men and women who shared the same faith, same devotion to Christ and same commitment to carry out His will. Never underestimate your importance to the local church. When you are living an obedient life towards God and are participating in your church, you are a tremendous encouragement to others. Even your simple attendance provides encouragement to others. They see in you, one more believer who loves their Lord and has given their life in obedience to him. This corporate worship and united fellowship is exactly what God has designed his children for.
Caring for One Another
1 Corinthians 12:25-27 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
Our interdependence, spiritual unity and love for one another should cause us to empathize with one another. Being a part of a church means sharing in the trials and victories of our fellow church members. No church member should feel alone, inferior or unloved.
You are an integral part of the body. God has united you to every other believer in the congregation. He has gifted you in such a way as to make you indispensable to the church. You supply something to the body that no one else could. You may not teach or preach, hold an office or a title, but when you are living in obedience to God you make an invaluable contribution to the church.