Pain in the Neck

“An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest” (Luke 9:46)

During an assembly, among which all the body parts were gathered, a discussion took place as to which member was the most important…

Immediately, the brain burst forth: “Clearly, I am the most logical choice as to who is the best. I do all of the thinking and reasoning that leads to creativity and survival. Therefore, I am the most important.”

Then the heart stammered: “No, no. Uh, I am the most i-i-important! I p-pump all the blood in and out of the whole b-body! None of you could survive w-without me!”

The eyes were blinded by rage: “Now see here; without us, we couldn’t move around very well, could we? No one would know where they were going!”

The ears, the hands, the knees, the feet…

One by one, each member made a case for their own supremacy.

The mouth was the loudest and the longest, but eventually the neck broke in: “I see none of you have clearly thought this through. I am the most important!!”

Outrage ensued, along with uncontrollable laughter, and all the members began taunting the neck: “You must be joking! All you do it turn the head! You’ve got it easy!”

The neck became angry and began to tense. It became so tense that the eyes strained closed; the heart sped up and skipped a beat; the brain pounded painfully; the mouth cried out…

Suddenly the neck eased off, and the entire assembly agreed that the neck was the most important.

As you see, this illustrates that you, too, can be considered the most important as long as you’re a pain in the neck!

But seriously, the conversation about hierarchical import is extremely anti-productive.

Who is the greatest of all time?

Who cares?!?

Who is this greatest right now?

What difference does it make?!?

The single parent who works two jobs and provides for their family may never receive media attention, will not be recorded in the history books, and will not receive a fancy award.

Does this mean they were unimportant?

Of course not!

God has a special plan for each individual on the planet. For some, the plan includes professional sports, politics, entertainment, or other noteworthy aspects. For others, the emphasis is behind the scenes.

Importance is not determined by notoriety. It is determined by knowing your function, and fulfilling it to the best of your ability.

We’re in this together.

“For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members of one another.” (Rom. 12:4-5)