Story of the day: You are a piece of the puzzle
Our pastor in Ohio had pieces of a puzzle distributed throughout the church. He used these pieces to describe how all the pieces represent a bigger picture, a complete picture. As I was reading, I came across an illustration of this puzzle that I think does a great job in describing the unity of a church. Mr. Green writes: “As members of the body of Christ, we can be compared to pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece has protrusions and indentations. The protrusions represent our strengths (gifts, talents, abilities), and the indentations represent our weaknesses (faults, limitations, shortcomings, undeveloped areas.) The beautiful thing is that the pieces complement one another and produce a beautiful whole.
Just as each piece of a puzzle is important, so each member of the body of Christ is important and can minister to the other member of the body.
Just as, when one piece is missing from the puzzle, its absence is very obvious and damages the picture, so also is the whole weakened when we are absent from the body of Christ.
Just as, when each piece of a puzzle is in place, any one piece is not conspicuous but blends in to form the whole picture, so it should be in the body of Christ.”
Quote of the day: J. B. Priestly
“None of us is as smart as all of us.”
Bible verse of the day: Mark 3:24
“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for each member of the body of Christ. Thank You for equipping us all with unique gifts, talents, and abilities. It is each of these things that makes up who we are as people and when we blend with others, the picture that we create together is so much more beautiful. Father, there are so many churches out there that are missing their pieces to the puzzle, for whatever reason. I pray that they put aside any differences that they may have and work together to complete the finished product. How beautiful it is to see a church work together for the greatness of Your Kingdom. The light that can shine and can be seen from all over. Father, my prayer today is for unity within the church as a whole. May we come together, just like a puzzle, and may the picture of unity be seen by all. I thank You for this day!
In Jesus Name I pray,