Those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. —1 Corinthians 12:22
Many years ago an accomplished organist was giving a concert. (In those days someone had to pump large bellows backstage to provide air for the pipes.) After each song, the audience applauded heartily. Before his final number, the organist stood and said, “I shall now play . . .” and he announced the title. He sat down and adjusted his music. With feet poised over the pedals and hands over the keys, he began with a mighty chord. But the organ remained silent. Just then a voice was heard from backstage: “Say ‘We’!”
In the Lord’s work, there is plenty of room for personal achievement. Our abilities are God-given, and the Holy Spirit helps us to excel in what we do best. But a self-sufficient spirit that overlooks the contributions of others can ruin it all. No Christians have ever climbed the ladder of success alone. With them were mothers, fathers, friends, a husband, a wife, or children who prayed, sacrificed, and did what they could to help.
Aware of our deep indebtedness to others, we should be grateful for their vital role in the Lord’s work in and through us. A note of sincere thanks, a word of honest recognition, or a thoughtful deed of love will help to “keep the organ playing.”
Dennis J. De Haan
Two Christians working for the Lord
Should keep this goal in mind:
Give praise for what the other does—
To your success be blind.
It’s amazing what can be accomplished when you don’t care who gets the credit.