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Just a Toe: The Importance of Membership in the Local Church

By Chrissy and Jeff Satine

When I think about the human body, I give a lot of attention to major organs like the heart, lungs, brain, etc. but how often do I give consideration to the importance of the eyelashes to keep dust particles out of my eyes or the appendix that aids in immune function or even my nails that protect my fingers and helps me to feel?

No matter how insignificant a person may feel to the body of Christ, they matter. In order for the body to work, each member needs to be part of one another, operating in their distinct and unique functions. Romans 12:4-5 says, “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”

Being part of the body of Christ through commitment to a local church is vital to the spiritual growth and development of a believer. It is through being part of a local church where we can be edified and serve through our gifts to edify others, fellowship, find accountability, bear each others burdens, find encouragement, build each other up, and so much more that the Word speaks of. When we commit to a local church, we are committed to a community of born again disciples who strive together, as a family, to the Glory of our God and Father.

Pastor Mike mentioned something so profound on the very first day our family visited the church. He, said in brief, “If someone saw a toe lying around, it means one of two things: #1 There’s a body walking around without a toe and #2 there’s a toe without a body.”

Being in the health field, this statement resonated with us. At the time of that message, our family was in transition looking to connect to a church family and we were encouraged to make the necessary steps to commit in fellowship. The toe without the body will suffer on its own (with no blood supply or connection) and the body without the toe will not function in its full capacity (the body will lack balance and posture).

You see, brother and sister, you and I are not “just a toe,” we are important to the function and thriving of the body. So, join the local church! God sees your heart and He has His people ready to welcome you in, wherever that church body may be. You who are already plugged into the body and functioning, welcome others as they come in, knowing you need them as much as they need you.
Jeff and Chrissy Satine became members in the fall of 2023.
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