“He [God] handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other…” Ephesians 4:11-13
I love a parade–especially the marching bands. My daughter, Susan, marched with he Waubonsie Valley High School Warriors, composed of around one-hundred volunteers from the band program. They were known and respected at parades for performing a complicated turn called a minstrel corner.
Imagine standing or sitting at an intersection along the parade route and observe a marching band coming straight toward you. Your reaction might be to move in fear of being trampled. But at that moment the marchers suddenly begin to weave through one another and somehow make the turn and head forward in perfect formation.
Apostle Paul spoke to the Ephesians about the gifts handed out to different people to work within the church for the purpose of moving them “rhythmically and easily with each other.” I can’t imagine how many hours Director Staley worked with the band to get the minstrel turn down to a science. But, as with the first servants of Christ in the church, the gifted marchers made a great impression on the crowds all along the parade route.
Dear Lord, help us work together to make Jesus known. Amen.