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You Ain’t Got Squat

There is a phrase that circulates among drummers and bass players: “When the bottom falls out, you ain’t got squat.” This saying is loosely translated to mean that when there’s no “low end” to a song, the vibe simply is not the same. Imagine your favorite songs. They likely have a great beat that comes from the drums or bass. Your head is bobbing, and you’ve got your groove on at the club or you’re about to raise your hands in praise while the church band plays. Then the beat goes away. A magic moment suddenly disappears.

Paul wrote about how important each of our parts is and impresses upon us that we should work toward our individual assignment. It is easy for us to become jealous of someone who may appear to have a more important part, possibly to the point that our envy causes us to be unwilling to help altogether.

Paul offers us an encouraging word by advising us that what we do individually is equally important to what all others in the church do. Someone who greets at the door might envy someone who preaches, but the greeter’s smile may be just what one person needs. If we fail to carry out our function, things just won’t work right in the body. The bass player might wish he was the lead singer, but without the bass, “you ain’t got squat.”


  • What small part can I do to hold up the “bottom end” of the church and help maintain the groove?
  • If I contribute my gifts and talents in some way to the church, how would someone benefit?  How might my choice to not play my part cause someone to miss their “magic moment”?

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