I never buy puzzles from garage sales. The reason for this is very simple. When I was little my grandma would get us puzzles from garage sales and they would, without fail, be missing pieces. Grandma would discount my complaints of the missing pieces by saying, “You know what the piece would look like anyway.” I loved my grandma very much, but I hated those incomplete puzzles.
I also didn’t care much for the ramifications of a fishing trip with my son and brother where I assumed every aspect of the boat was all put together. I was wrong! It was just one cheap little part that wasn’t in its proper place – the drain plug. I didn’t realize my dad’s process was to remove the plug when the boat was back on the trailer and put it back in right before putting the boat back in the water. The good news is that we managed to beach the boat before it sank – barely! Everything turned out fine other than we didn’t catch many fish at all.
I bring you these two examples simply to point out how nice it is when things are complete, and all the pieces are in place. Don’t you love it when something fits together properly or works just as it should. Isn’t it a reason to rejoice when you go to fix something, and you find out all the necessary tools are in the toolbox? Doesn’t a smile come across your face when you realize you have all the ingredients you need for your Thanksgiving meal, so you don’t need to battle the crowds at Cub one more time?
It is a good thing to have all that is needed!
This is the way God designed His Church. Nothing is lacking for the Church to accomplish all that God has called it to do. Everything is in place for God’s perfect plan even though we aren’t quite able to see things with the clarity God does. All I need to do is look in the mirror to see how limited humanity is. I can also take a look around Oak Hill and see that it is made up of a bunch of imperfect people just like me. With that in mind how can God speak so highly of our “deficient” group?
In a nutshell, the answer is that He has chosen to get involved! When our God gets involved He always follows through and completes. God the Father sent His Son to set us free from the power of sin and death. Once that was accomplished, the Holy Spirit moved into the hearts and minds of followers of Jesus to guide us, encourage us and equip us to be God’s people in this place. We are called the Church or the Body of Christ or the Family of God.
Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
I Corinthians 1:7
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but
in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
I Corinthians 12
All the pieces are in place for Oak Hill to be and do what God has planned.
You are one of those pieces and so am I!
Pastor Nick Mundis