As Pastor Tim has been preaching on different gifts and roles within the body, I had a brief and intriguing conversation. This person’s job required them to work outside; sometimes the weather was bitter cold. At the same time, they had to have their index finger exposed to operate a handheld device.
A Part of the Body; Isolated and Exposed
Sherri and I have recently returned from visiting FCC’s missionaries in Africa. We observed their isolation from fellowship and family, their daily challenges, along with the persistent dangers they face.
I appreciate the imagery of the exposed finger and our missionaries because “they” are not alone in their susceptibility. The truth is – “we”—the local body of Christ—has part of “our” body isolated and exposed.
Consider the implication of the outside worker’s exposed finger.
The body feeling the distress and discomfort of the finger’s exposure is a good thing. If the body ceases to feel the sting and ache of the finger, that is convenient but dangerous. I encouraged the person who works outside, to do everything they can to make sure they always “feel” the exposed finger.