“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”
– 1ST Corinthians 12:12
My first motorcycle was a beast. It was loud, it was fast, and it was a hack job. I think I fixed it more than I rode it. The speedometer didn’t work, the brake light didn’t work, not to mention you had to take half the bike apart to reach the battery and other vital components of a motorcycle.
One day, as usual, the motorcycle wouldn’t start. I worked on it for hours, and still couldn’t get it to turn over. It took all my patience not to push the bike over and be done with it. But after looking closely at some more obscure parts, I noticed a hole in the rubber tube that connected the carburetor and the engine. I had never noticed that tube before, but I didn’t think that it should have a hole in it. I got a replacement part, put it on, and the bike roared back to life.
One small part, one tiny rubber tube, made an entire motorcycle a 600 pound paperweight. While the carburetor and engine might be deemed “important”, they are useless without that tiny rubber tube.
If you are a believer in Jesus, then you are part of the motorcycle. Some people are the engine and some people are the carburetor, which is typically the positions that people see the most, and as I said before, deem important. But some people are the rubber tubes, and some people are the frame, and some people are the headlight. Every part of a motorcycle is needed for it to work.
Paul talks about this in 1st Corinthians: “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”
We are one body. We are the body of Christ. And when we work as one body, we can show the world the love that the Living God has for them. So whether you’re an engine, a carburetor, clutch, foot peg, tail light, or rubber tube, everyone is important, and everyone working together can do great things for His glory.
Here’s the conundrum…my wife is two weeks from her due date, and I was on call this weekend with my regular job, BUT, it was also one of the best days this summer had produced. Mid 70’s, bright blue sky, and Rage KaGe ready to put some miles on. What’s a boy to do. Compromise, that’s what you do.
Before I had even ridden a motorcycle, I knew that I liked them. I liked how they looked, I liked how they sounded, and I liked the idea of them. I read about motorcycles, and I talked to people about them…I had a pretty good understanding of everything pertaining to the entire motorcycle industry.