As the story goes, they built a new church building and people came from
far and wide to see it. They admired its beauty! Up on the roof, a
little nail heard the people praising everything about the lovely
structure-except the nail! No one even knew he was there, and he became
angry and jealous.
"If I am that insignificant, nobody will miss me if I quit!" So the nail
then released its hold, slid down the roof, and fell in the mud.
That night it rained and rained. Soon, the shingle that had no nail blew
away, and the roof began to leak. The water streaked the walls and the
beautiful murals. The plaster began to fall, the carpet was stained, and
the pulpit Bible was ruined by water. All this because a little nail
decided to quit!
But what of the nail? While holding the shingle, it was obscure but it
was also useful. Buried in the mud it was just as obscure, but now it
was useless and would soon be eaten up by rust!
The moral of the story -- EVERY MEMBER IS IMPORTANT TO THE CHURCH! You may,
like the nail, feel obscure at times, but just like the nail, your
absence is felt. When you are not present for worship, in some way the
body of Christ hurts. We are ALL a part of the Lord's ministry.
[ Author Unknown -- from 'E-mail Ministry' ]
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