Flake or Snow?

by Joanna Pierce on December 07, 2016

Do you know someone who feels immense joy during the first snowfall of the year? It always amazes me how people literally stop everything they’re doing when the sky release its first snowflake.

Some folks really must have an internal radar to know when the first flake has been disbursed. The moment snow formulates in the stratosphere, the hair begins to rise on the back of their neck, and soon afterward they’ve plastered their face against the nearest window—eagerly waiting to witness the first spec of snowflake fall to the ground.

Snowflakes in themselves don’t amount to much—although, when one falls right onto your eyeball, you might think the exact opposite. But, on the whole, a unique snowflake is small and melts almost instantaneously. It’s true power and vigor doesn’t materialize without additional flakes and/or partnering up with other forces of nature: wind and temperature.

Nature teaches us is a principle God designed for all of his creation—strength and power in numbers (Deuteronomy 32:30). The same holds true for the church:

For the body is not one member, but many (I Corinthians 12:14, KJV).

I Corinthians 12 speaks at great length how the church is comprised of many members with different talent and abilities. But, the true power of the church doesn’t manifest unless everyone is connected and united. There is significant strength in numbers; there’s nothing the church can’t accomplish if its unified.

Snow, when amassed together, maintains its temperature, and begins to harden and solidify. But, if snow becomes separated—through shoveling, walking, or placing a small amount away from the rest—it begins to breakdown and melt. Just like the snow, we must be careful we don’t allow the enemy to cause any schism in the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:25). A divided body of Christ (or body of snow) cannot stand (Mark 3:25).

All members of the church are all as unique as snowflakes; there isn’t one of us that’s perfectly alike. But, our true worth, beauty, and strength emerges when we’re a part of the church, unified and working with the other members of the body. When we’re rooted and grounded in the faith, we’ll receive power from on high, and nothing can come against us (Acts 1:8).

No one runs inside and shuts up their door at a few sparse snowflakes. But, get a lot of snow and a powerful wind, and you’ve got yourself a force of nature that can’t be reckoned with.

Be a part of the church (Hebrews 10:25) and see the beautiful landscape of God’s Kingdom that results from it.