|ANCHOR DEVOTIONAL - WORMS EAT DIRT
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples..."
Gardeners love worms. Worms tunnel through the ground, aerating the soil and making nutrients available to roots. These blind, slimy creatures work in the garden every day, seven days a week and draw no salary. Without them the gardener would have more work to do and added expense.
And how do they perform this valuable service? They eat dirt.
In the church we all have an important job. It is to "love one another" (John 13:35). We may have different roles as pastors, teachers, helpers, evangelists and such, but they are not the job itself. Nobody in the church has a more important job than anyone else because we all have the same job: loving one another.
When we forget this, we develop a "spectator factor." The many sit around watching the few. What would a garden be like if most of the earthworms lazed around watching two or three worms aerate the soil? Our important job in the church is to love one another. And that's a lot better than eating dirt.