A new church building was completed and everyone was invited to come and see it. All admired its beauty. Up on the roof, a small nail heard the people praising the building. It seemed to him that they praised everything but him. No one even acted as if they knew he was there, and he became angry and jealous. “If I’m so insignificant, then no one will miss me if I quit”, he said to himself. So he released his hold, slid off the roof and fell into the mud.
That night it rained. Soon, the shingle that had no nail blew away, and the roof began to leak. The water streaked the walls of the beautiful building. The plaster began to fall, the carpet was stained, and the Bibles were ruined by the water. All of this because a little nail decided to quit. While holding the shingle, the nail was obscure, but it was very necessary. Buried in the mud, it was also obscure, but now it was useless and would soon be eaten up by rust. You may feel obscure at times. But like the nail, your absence is felt. When you are not present for worship or Bible class, the Body of Christ is hurt. We are ALL part of the church and we each have an important role to play in the work.