I have lots of patience for certain activities, but I get really antsy pretty quickly with some others—like shopping (and I live with four female shopaholics). One thing I do love is board games, and our family always gets excited about them. We could play games ‘til the cows come home, because doing so has created a lot of fond memories for all of us. One of the great elements of board games and cards is the competitive aspect. Everyone in my family is competitive, so we go at it until all hours of the morning.
Another activity I really enjoy is puzzles, even though they’re non-competitive. I’m not sure why, but I love the challenge of hard puzzles. So, over Christmas break or during a long family vacation at the beach, we break out some tough puzzles. Each of us has a special area to attack. Then it all builds ‘til we get to that last piece. We usually let the youngest one have the honors of bringing it all together.
Nothing is so disappointing as discovering that the last piece is lost. The 2,000-piece puzzle looks broken without it. It’s incomplete. The whole message isn’t there. The ultimate pinnacle is not reached and the beauty of the puzzle is diminished. Wow, isn’t it the same with God and His Word?
Like a puzzle, the body of Christ consists of many pieces or parts, which together make a complete picture. God has equipped each believer with particular gifts that are necessary for what God has called him or her to do. When that person is missing or not able to carry out his role, an important part of God’s plan is missing. The picture is incomplete. Not only does that person miss out on being part of God’s great puzzle, but all the other pieces are also affected. They won’t connect as a whole.
God has a perfect plan for His body of believers—including you! Like the pieces of a puzzle, each one of us has a specific place and a specific task to fulfill. When every piece is in its God-designed place, the picture is perfect. But when just one piece is missing, the body is incomplete and Satan gains.
So, when you see others struggling, realize that you are hurt when they aren’t able to fulfill their roles. You are part of that incomplete mosaic of believers. Look to help those who struggle, not only because God calls you to “care for the least of these,” but also because you will benefit from being part of a completed picture.
Today, take ownership of your place in the puzzle. Are you a lost piece, one that dropped off the table? Are some of your edges worn down or jagged, not fitting smoothly into the other pieces? Ask for feedback today from two people who are close to you. How can you fit better into God’s puzzle? Your decisions can sabotage God’s perfect fit, so align your decisions with God’s ways. Stop working against God. Working with your God-designed fit will lead to a pleasurable and easier life. When you see others struggle, think of what you can do to help them get on track. The Lighthouse Network Helpline at 844-Life-Change (844-543-3242) is designed find the right treatment for those with significant addiction issues. Whether you play your part in bringing the big puzzle together or you are the missing piece holding back an awesome picture of Christ to others, it’s your decision, so choose well.
Father God, thank You for letting me know that I am an important part of Your grand puzzle. And thank You, Father, for equipping each member of Christ’s body, the church, to do what You have called him or her to do. Help me be aware and sensitive as You lead me to do my part. Instead of judging or ridiculing others who are struggling, help me encourage and assist them in fulfilling what You have called them to do. I ask this in the name of the ultimate picture on the puzzle box, Jesus Christ. And all God’s children say AMEN!
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” Romans 12:4-5