But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body.

1 Corinthians 12:18-20 (NASB)

Today I share something slightly different with you, partly inspired by brother David’s recent post When The Devil Plays Chess, which came from an exchange of comments where chess was mentioned. Chess has been a big part of my life over the last  twenty plus years, casually and at club level. Naturally covid has  played havoc with club chess, but recently Rothes Rooks our club has been able to meet up in public again. Rothes Rooks is more a small social club that just happens to play chess, unlike the official Chess Scotland clubs that compete in serious competitions. Our attendance can be anywhere between three and twelve folk each week; with three Christians within our ranks. For myself and the other two believers chess is  a useful analogy of the life of faith in many respects.

Chess is a game for two players, white and black sides of the board. Each side has a King, Queen, two Bishops, two Knights, two Rooks and eight pawns. It is played on a checkered board of 64 spaces which gives a huge number of possible move combinations and tactics. Most players play recognised openings such as the French Defence or the Ruy Lopez, only two of hundreds of such openings. A players choice of opening is as personal as a tennis racket or snooker cue are in their respective sports. The chess pieces all have different ways of moving and abilities; together making a whole army, a body of separate members.

The differences between the chess pieces is a good analogy of the church family; each member of the church has their own talents and abilities which makes them a valuable part of the church. Just as a chess player will never succeed without utilizing all the individual pieces, the same is true of a church that does not make best use of all the family in Christ. It may appear to non-chessplayers that the game is won or lost by the Queen, and that often can be the case, but the lowly pawn and his cohorts are the “soul of chess” according to the venerated chess master Philidor. Similary the Pastor and Deacons of a church depend on the service of other believers doing more menial tasks in the love of their Saviour, without whom the church would not be able to function.

Dear reader, do you feel undervalued within your Christian walk at church? You may not be the preacher, deacon or ministry leader, but to God your Father you are just as important. You may not even have a designated post but you are still valuable to the family of Christ by just being there and encouraging your brethren. Together united in Christ we make a complete set in the war against Satan, marching to an assured victory in Heaven.

31 thoughts on “Different Folks, Different Moves.

  1. I enjoyed reading this, both for the chance to get a peek at life in Scotland as well as the spiritual aspects. On the chess board, the King and Queen “need” the pawns, as well as the pawns “need” them. In church, the pastor and ministry leaders need those who do menial tasks, as you pointed out, as much as those doing those tasks and those sitting in the pews need the ministry leaders. All of us have a role to play.
    Thank you for this “visual” help for me.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Great analogy. I know how to play but I am not good at it. I have tried to figure out why but that seems to be the way it is. I do understand the role of a pawn and content to let that be what I do.

    This is the truth. “Together united in Christ we make a complete set in the war against Satan, marching to an assured victory in Heaven.”

    On to victory we go.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amen Michael! To tell the truth I am not very good at chess, I enjoy the challenge though. Mostly it is therapy for my brain, 😄. My son is very good at chess though, but that is another blog to come. God bless you brother.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Amen, brother. A great analogy about how each piece on the board (member of a church) matters. I can easily see how it could be a weakness to rely too much on a few favorite chess pieces to play your best game. I suspect the better chess players know how to use every piece to its fullest advantage. Even, as you say, the lowly pawn. Thank you for the mention. It’s amazing how we inspire one another here on WP. Blessings!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for the inspiration to try this post and maybe others, it is brilliant how we help each other out in the WP community. The funny thing about this is I previously tried to think of how I could use chess in posts, and I came up blank, but here we are now! God bless you brother.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. You or David(or both) could probably write a book on all of life’s analogies from a chess board. The types of situations, moves, characteristics, and importance of each piece. Good stuff Alan

    Liked by 5 people

  5. Great post Alan. It’s great how you can take the game of chess, a part of your life, as an example to inspire and encourage us in our Christian life. I love that. Chess is a mystery to me I have to confess. Draughts is about my level.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Nicola. This is a subject I am thinking of expanding on with more examples on specific aspects of chess. A common myth about the game is that it is hard to play, I would rather say thoughtful. God bless you today sister.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Alan, I agree with Manette. Your concluding sentence is very powerful. A friend once shared a very thought provoking observation. She was raised in a military family that moved every 2 years. As a result she experienced church in an array of denominations . She said that it seemed each different denomination she experienced was built around a specific spiritual gift. Using your analogy it would be like trying to win the victory with mostly knights and a few rooks or bishops thrown in (both of which have been told they should be knights).

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s