“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12
The Amazing Race is a reality television series where teams race around the world seeking clues, solving puzzles, and trying to finish ahead of the pack. In 2005, they held a family edition in which each group contained four family members. These members helped each other out physically, mentally, and emotionally throughout the race and stayed together even when they were tempted to go in multiple directions. What would you think if three of the four members of one of these teams decided the fourth was not pulling their weight and asked the producers to send that person home? Even if you agreed with their assessment, you would be shocked if they were to be so ruthless to one of their own family members. They would never do that. Why? Because family helps family.
When a family member is struggling the rest of the family picks them up and helps them cross the finish line. As a body of believers, we are running a race around this world, but it is not to win a million dollars, it is to tell lost people the message of Christ. If we see a weak member, we do not drop them off like excess baggage and we do not jump ship when our family as a whole is struggling. We help one another in whatever way we can. We challenge and encourage those around us to give it all we have toward the goal. We want to finish this race with a smile on our face and hand in hand. How can you encourage those in your spiritual family this week?