The Weakest Link
Recently I was having lunch with some fellow believers and the topic of “The Weakest Link” came up. I am sure many of you have heard the phrase, “You are only as strong as your weakest link.” It has been used in many leadership seminars and motivational speeches. However, when it comes to the body of Christ there are no weak links. Your first response may be, “Yeah, riiiiight” as your mind quickly thinks of someone you see as a weak link. Or maybe some have thought of you as the weakest link.
However, God has not called the body of Christ to be a chain. A chain is built of many interlocking links. There is no support for each link, only stress. So as stress is increased, the chance of links breaking under the pressure increases. Once a link breaks the other links become disconnected. Now if we stop here, you may be thinking, “Yes, that’s the church I know” – especially if you have broken under the strain of the world’s pressure and been left on your own by those around you.
God’s desire for His body, though, is that we function as a cord that is interwoven, not intersecting links. This may sound like semantics, but there is a depth to understanding the difference. Ecclesiastes 4:12 states: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” With an interwoven cord, when it stressed it is not dependent on one strand’s strength to endure the strain. Even if one strand is weak, the rest of the strands will give it support and strength as they are wrapped around it. Paul prayed in Colossians 2:2 that we would be united in love. In some versions it’s translated as “knit together.” He understood the importance for the body of Christ to be interwoven in love – because love never fails.
The world’s logic tells us that we should hang around others who encourage, strengthen, and benefit us. However, God’s logic states that we are to walk as one unit and uphold those who have stumbled or fallen. Surround and strengthen those who are weak, remembering this could be us one day.
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
As we grow in our faith, let us look at our brothers and sisters as part of the interwoven community we live in. By doing this, we will grow spiritually healthy and be transformed into a strong community of faith that is looking to strengthen each other as the interlocking cord God has called us to be. Only then can we be one body united in love.
“From him (Christ) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”