“Now you are the Body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
Last week I mentioned the famous “Lunar Landing” that took place 50 years ago this past Saturday. I mentioned what an incredible accomplishment it was, and really still is. I also shared that the “journey to the moon” began seven years earlier when the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, made the challenge to our nation that we would have a “man on the moon” by the end of the decade, which we accomplished with just 5 months to spare.
In last weeks article I also mentioned the giant banner I saw at Cape Canaveral ten years ago that showed the famous footprint on the moon along with the words in large bold letters, “What’s our next big step?!” That was a sign intended to inspire and keep people looking forward, striving for new accomplishments and not just settling for has already been achieved. I still find those words and that image inspiring.
Today I want to mention something new I learned about Apollo 11 and the lunar landing. I read this bit of information in a recent article looking back on the lunar landing and the Apollo 11 mission. In the article Buzz Aldrin, the 2nd astronaut to walk on the moon on that mission, stated that it took 400,000 people from different parts of the world to bring the Apollo 11 mission to reality, making the lunar landing possible.
400,000 people! That’s a lot of people involved. It took architects, engineers, scientists, computer specialists, mechanics, factory workers, heavy equipment operators, mathematicians, etc. etc. It took a lot of different people and a lot of different skills and expertise to do what needed to be done, but they worked together, each using their ability, and together they accomplished the incredible.
I’m reminded of the words Paul wrote in his first letter to the church at Corinth. In chapter 12 he writes about the different gifts that God’s Spirit gives to Jesus’ followers. Paul goes on to say that no gift is more important than any other and that all gifts are needed for the body to be complete and effective. At the beginning of this article I quote Paul’s words, “Now you are the Body of Christ, and each of you is a part of it.” Each part is needed…each part is important…each part is necessary!
Just as it took a lot of different people and a lot of different abilities in order to send a person to the moon, so it is in the Body of Christ, or the Church yet today. The Church is not just about a few people doing some projects, the Church is about everyone doing their part, living out their giftedness to make the Kingdom of God more and more real here on earth…right here in our community. In other words, you are needed, you are vital to the mission of the Church (local and universal), you, and your gifts, are essential for the church to accomplish what might seem to be impossible. Our God is in the business of making the impossible possible!!
It takes a team to accomplish God’s mighty and loving work in this world. Thank you for being a part of the team, the Body of Christ. Stay tuned, I’ll soon be announcing a workshop to help our church family learn more about how God has uniquely gifted each of us for ministry.