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Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Gout! If you don’t have it, don’t feel deprived. It is painful. Late last week it attacked the big toe on my left foot, threw me off balance, and put an indefinite hold on golf plans.

Isn’t it shocking how one painful joint can hurt the whole body? I don’t know if the apostle Paul had gout, but he clearly understood how even a small part of the body can weaken the whole body. In 1 Corinthians 12:14-27 he drew an analogy between the physical body and the spiritual body, the Church, and pointed out the interconnection of all the parts of the Church body. Each believer’s role in the Body is important to the smooth functioning of the entire Body. When one believer suffers, we all suffer.

We may think we can contribute very little to the cause of Christ today, but that kind of thinking is wrong. We serve the Lord and others best when we faithfully do whatever the Lord has assigned. Nothing in God’s will is insignificant.