A new place of worship had just been completed. People came from far and wide to see it. They admired the beauty of its windows, the fresh new walls, the carpet on the floor, and its new pews.
On the roof a little two-penny nail held a shingle. This little nail heard the people praising everything else, but none mentioned the shingle nail or even seemed to be conscious of its existence.
The little nail became very angry and said, “If I am that insignificant, nobody will miss me when I quit.” So the little nail pulled out, raced down the steep roof and fell to the soft ground below.
That night, a big rain came and the shingle nail was buried in the mud. The difference between being buried in the mud and holding down a shingle is this: before, the nail was obscure – but useful. Now, he is obscure – but useless. Furthermore, before he was protected in a dry place under dry shingles. Now he will soon be eaten up with rust. The worse is yet to come.
The shingle that the nail held down was now loose, and without cooperation from the nail, it blew away leaving a hole in the roof. The same big rain that buried the nail leaked through the vacant spot where the shingle had been, running into the auditorium. The water ran down the walls leaving them marred. It leaked upon the carpet and the beautiful rug was stained.
All of this because one little nail, in a fit of jealousy, refused to do a little job he was capable of doing.
Sadly, so it is with many in the Lord’s church today. But, Paul said, “Nay, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be more feeble are necessary” (1 Cor. 12:22). We are all vital to the body of Christ. Never underestimate your importance to the church.
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Park Heights church of Christ
P. O. Box 107
1300 East Boynton Street
Hamilton, Texas 76531
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”