The Church Puzzle Parable (Part 1 of 3)
A jigsaw puzzle reminds us of the church. Many interlocking parts form a beautiful picture. “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12, NIV).
It takes many pieces to make a complete jigsaw picture. “As it is, there are many parts, but one body” (1 Corinthians 12:20, NIV). Many healthy believers living in loving harmony represent Christ more accurately than any individual believer does, including the pastor. Matthew 5:14 (NIV) says, “You (plural) are the light of the world.” In other words, “All of you together are a picture of Christ for the world to see.”
Those who are not part of the church see how you relate to one another and to them. Jesus has all the gifts of the Spirit. Your pastor does not. Neither does any other single individual. We need all the gifts of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit to reflect Jesus as accurately as possible. The part of the picture that each of us composes is a bit fuzzy because we are less than perfect copies of our Savior. When we put the pieces together in their proper places, and they relate to one another as they should, the picture might not be Michelangelo quality, but others will see Jesus.
God is in charge of puzzle design. Some churches have 25 pieces, some 500, and some, 5,000
or more. Some of us think we are 25-piece puzzles when God designed us to be 100-piece
puzzles. There are more pieces still in the box than we realize. Assembly of the puzzle is an
ongoing process. All puzzles (churches) are equally important and are designed to impact the
people who live in their community.
All churches are designed to be a picture of Jesus. God communicated who He is by sending His Son to earth as a man. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, NIV). In our time, God sends a church to accomplish the same purpose. “Now you (plural) are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27, NIV). #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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