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October 11, 2013

The sum of all of your parts…

http://www.buzzfeed.com/h2/fbsp/fordandisbetter/16-things-that-are-greater-than-their-parts

Don’t ask me why I’m still up… but this popped into my feed as I was considering going back to bed…

I know this isn’t the point of the article, it’s really just a bunch of pictures of devices taken apart. It’s really nothing more than an advertisement by Ford. And yet I saw something completely different.

First off, I have this camera! It’s sitting right next to me! And would you believe I’ve never taken it apart. I’ve never taken a look at all the little bits and pieces that go into the thousands of pictures this camera has captured over the years (2,717 just on this latest SD card, and it’s not the first SD card that has burned through pictures in this camera).

Not that big of a deal, it’s just a camera, and now that no one needs to buy film every time they snap a picture we all snap more pictures than we probably realize. A single screw loose though… and dust gets into the wrong place and the whole thing dies.

Honestly as weird as it may sound, I thought of the church today… the first century church sold everything they had as they became believers, they moved in with one another, and none went wanting. They were also able to serve and grow the church at an exponential rate. The church today is too often scattered and quite frankly useless. Jesus described the church as a body, but today we’re a Camera because we have a picture of one taken apart to examine. So maybe you’re a screw, you hold things together, and once a week you are in the same room as those other bits and pieces that you are designed to hold together… but just as the parts of this camera laid out on a table are nothing more than bits and pieces… sitting in the same room as other Christians doesn’t make you an effective service vehicle.

Screws need cases to hold together, photo receptor chips need lenses to focus the light, capacitors need batteries to charge them up… and on… and on… and on. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just function together as a well oiled machine to serve as Jesus, and the early church did?

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