Effectual Working

Ephesians 4:16. “From Whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

Chirst is the Head of the body, the church.  From Him,  the whole body grows  and its different parts take their appropriate place, all joined together as He has determined.  Each part is there for a purpose.  Each part has its own proper place and work fitted to its ability. All the parts working together  contribute to the growth of the entire body, and it is a perfectly designed plan to work out the purpose of God.

It doesn’t matter what part you are, as long as you are doing what God has assigned to you. Some members of the body are public. However, if you consider the human body, you realize that most of the work goes on internally, where no one can see it.  The heart, the lungs, the liver, the kidneys, the intestines and more, are all hidden members of the body, quietly going about their jobs day and night.  They get recognition, most of the time, only when they malfunction.

The smallest members are important.  Think of having to walk without your toes.  It can be done, but not nearly as well as when your toes are all working perfectly.  Balance and stride depend upon the toes as well as the rest of the foot.

Let’s go even smaller.  How useful are eyelashes?  They’re good for more than holding mascara 🙂  They help keep dust and other stray particles out of the eye.  They are an often lovely safety guard. They’re important.  And they wouldn’t do their job properly if they were attached anywhere else but to their designated place.  Having eyelashes on one’s earlobes wouldn’t serve much purpose, after all.

We need to be willing to fulfill the work that God has given us to do.

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