A Silly Allegory based on 1 Cor. 12:12-27Tom Thumb got sick of his body and so he decided to leave. He tried to get along on his own, but he found that he was all thumbs. Soon he was spending time with other bodies. He was very picky about the bodies that he hung out with, none of them seemed to fit his exact idea of what a body ought to be. One, "Joe", a big toe from a body that he was visiting, said to him, "Tom you really need to connect yourself to a body, or you will shrivel up and die." "Our body has lost a thumb." "Will you join us?" Tom Thumb replied, "no thanks, I still feel alive without being connected and I am free to do as I please." Joe the toe replied, "but we need you and you need us to be all that we could be." "Just the same," said Tom Thumb "I am going to go my own way." Soon Tom got sick of visiting bodies because he never felt connected. Because he was disconnected from the head he lost all life and vitality and shriveled up and died.
Moral of the story: If you are part of the body of Christ, go join a local body of believers and serve the body with your gifts!