Pancreases in the Body of Christ

Dear Reader,

We ordained a ruling elder at our church last night (for you non-Presbyterians, this is a spiritual leader primarily in charge of teaching and shepherding the flock; it’s called other things in other denominations). Among the many sermons we heard was one on the role of leaders in the body of Christ. We know that we are a body, analogous to the human body. Each one has a part to play. In this analogy I think the elders and deacons are major organs like the heart, brains or lungs. Their role is obvious and we all know what they do and why it is important. But there are  lots of other organs and parts out there. When my now 8yo daughter was 1, a small cluster of cells in her pancreas called beta cells stopped doing their job. They stopped producing insulin. Now I did not even know we had beta cells. I knew we had pancreases but I didn’t know what they did. But it turns out that my dd would have died without medical intervention. All because of this little cluster of cells. So I guess my point is that we are all aware of the big contributions from our leaders or other prominent figures. But there are a lot of people out there doing small things too. Things you may not even be aware of that are nonetheless essential. And if you are a small person, doing unnoticed tasks, you are still a necessary part of the whole. And if you are not doing anything, why not? Everybody can do something. Even my children put out Bibles and psalters in the pews before service. last night they wiped off tables after refreshments had been eaten. Children too should be taught to take part. Doing what needs done should become a habit early on so they will do it automatically as they get older.


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  1. […] is somewhat of a follow-up to my previous post on the body of Christ. In that post, I talked about the role and importance of even the smaller “organs” in […]


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