In the ancient world, Hittite craftsmen made bows by layering materials that were held together by a simple, but surprisingly strong glue. The “composite” design enabled arrows to travel faster and made the bow more durable. Modern technology has made many improvements, but the composite principle discovered long ago still applies (the different properties of each piece forming a strong union). In the body of Christ, we’re gifted differently and placed together for strength. 1 Corinthians 12 describes it this way:

“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Lord. There are differences of ministry, but the same Spirit. There are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NKJV

As a disciple, it’s important to know where your strengths and weaknesses are. One person may be the wood, and another may be the glue holding it all together. With each having an important job to do, if a component fails, others are affected. On the other hand, when those on either side are strong, the one in-between is supported. We all have purpose because we’re all being fashioned together by the Master Carpenter. May we be strong together today…

About cchrisholland

...husband, dad, pastor, teacher, and chronic day-dreamer
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