Introducing “Illustrious”

I find myself thinking about real-life situations and random events I hear about on the news and trying to relate them to Scripture. Mostly it is because I find myself teaching either mid-week Bible Study or Sunday School. But a good illustration is gold when it comes to making a spiritual truth tangible.

So I’m making an executive decision to take this blog in a more focused direction. I will be sharing the connections I come up with and how they relate to a particular passage or Biblical truth.

The first one comes from a meeting I had at church last Friday. Our sanctuary has just been remodeled and we brought in a professional sound technician to walk us through all of the nuances of sound, lighting, etc. I oversee the PowerPoint team and I enjoyed getting a brief overview of all the ways our sound system can be improved and will improve with the refurbishing that has been done.

The sound tech said something important when it comes to the big-picture. And what he said reminded me of something I’ve heard many times about offensive lineman in football. He said that we will do our job well, when no one notices us. The minute a mic is too hot, or the mix of the band is off, or there is an error in the PowerPoint – people will be distracted from worshiping and have their focus temporarily shifted to us. When you are watching a football game, you don’t notice the offensive linemen until they give up a sack, get a false start, or are flagged for holding. The best offensive lineman are the ones you never notice.

And offensive linesman as well as tech guys are crucial members of their teams. A football team can have the best quarterback in the world, but if he doesn’t have time to throw because his lineman are screwing up, then their offense will not succeed. A church can employ the best singers and worship band in the world, but if their sound and tech people fail, the worship experience will not be all that it could be.

From ushers, to groundskeepers and custodians, to nursery workers, there are dozens of positions within a community of believers that may not get all the human glory and praise, but are crucial to a church’s effectiveness.

22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.

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