Do you know how important you are to us?
This is a difficult concept to teach in our self-centered, autonomous culture. More often than not in our world, the question is met with a “leave me alone” or “get lost.” The idea of being accountable and responsible to others is repugnant to those with no loyalties.
Yet, we glibly say, “It takes a village,” when we like the benefits that come from having a tribe to depend on. “No man is an island” we parrot from John Donne, all the while agreeing more with Paul Simon singing, “I am a rock; I am an island.”
But that’s not how Christ intended for his church to work. Listen to the language that the New Testament uses in this Scripture mashup.
“Those who welcomed his message were baptized…They devoted themselves to fellowship…they spent much time together…Jesus gave gifts to equip the saints for building up the body of Christ (the church)…
We are knit together when each part is working properly…let us not neglect to meet together as is the habit of some…Little children, let us
love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. We are knit together when each part is working properly…
Let us not neglect to meet together as is the habit of some…Little children, let us
love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
You are important. Like it or not, there is someone/s else who loves you and depends on you. When your part of the village is not working, another part is impacted by it. So.
- One less voice to sing.
- Less money for teaching children, paying rent, purchasing supplies, helping LifeLine out, and helping LifeSpring to tick.
- More work for fewer people.
- Your favorite cookie missing from the 5-Minute Break.
- Your smiling face not present at the Social.
Wouldn’t you hate to NOT be missed? Wouldn’t it sting if you were of no value to those you care about? Love doesn’t allow us to be indifferent or to not care. Or silent. You are loved! Period!