As the story goes, they built a new church building and people cameÂ from far and wide to see it. They admired its beauty! Up on the roof,Â a little nail heard the people praising everything about the lovelyÂ structure-except the nail! No one even knew he was there, and heÂ became angry and jealous.
“If I am that insignificant, nobody will miss me if I quit!” So theÂ nail then released its hold, slid down the roof, and fell in the mud.
That night it rained and rained. Soon, the shingle that had no nailÂ blew away, and the roof began to leak. The water streaked the wallsÂ and the beautiful murals. The plaster began to fall, the carpet wasÂ stained, and the pulpit Bible was ruined by water. All this because aÂ little nail decided to quit!
But what of the nail? While holding the shingle, it was obscure but itÂ was also useful. Buried in the mud it was just as obscure, but now itÂ was useless and would soon be eaten up by rust!
The moral of the story:Â EVERY MEMBER IS IMPORTANT TO THE CHURCH!
YouÂ may, like the nail, feel obscure at times, but just like the nail,Â your absence is felt. When you are not present for worship, in some way the body of Christ hurts. We are ALL a part of the Lord’s ministry.