My first motorcycle was kind of a freak of nature. It was not traditional by any means. The frame was extended, the gas tank was from a different bike, many parts were custom made (badly, I might add), and the whole thing smelled like oil. But even with all that, it was still a lot of fun to ride…when it would run. One of the big issues that it had was with the carburetor. In very simple terms, the carburetor is a part on the bike that regulates the air and gas mixture, and my carburetor didn’t seem to do that very well when I got the bike. It was a fairly new part, so it should have worked well. I took it apart and, while it was a little dirty, it should have run just fine still. Then I started looking at the parts around the carburetor.
After a couple minutes of searching, I discovered that there was a little rubber tube that had a large hole in it. Rubber tubes in engines are typically NOT supposed to have holes in them, especially ones that connect the carburetor to the engine. So I went to the local motorcycle shop, got a replacement tube, put in on, and EUREKA, the bike roared to life!
One small part, one tiny rubber tube, made an entire motorcycle a 600 pound paperweight. While the carburetor and engine might be deemed “important”, they are useless without that tiny rubber tube.
The church is like a motorcycle. Some people are the engine and some people are the carburetor, which is typically the positions that people see the most, and as I said before, deem important. But some people are the rubber tubes, and some people are the frame, and some people are the headlight. Every part of a motorcycle is needed for it to work.
Paul talks about this in 1st Corinthians:
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”
We are one body. We are the body of Christ. And when we work as one body, we can show the world the love that the Living God has for them. So whether you’re an engine, a carburetor, clutch, foot peg, tail light, or rubber tube, everyone is important, and everyone working together can do great things for His glory.