August 26, 2016
His Precious Parts
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.- 1 Corinthians 12:27
Week three of reviveOHIO :: Darke County is wrapping up, and it’s been amazing to see the Body of Christ work together to reach so many lost and hurting people. Throughout this process, God has been teaching me that as a part of His Body, sometimes He calls you to be a toenail or tiny nose hair. Gross, right? I mean, who wants to be either of those less-than-glamorous, often unappreciated body parts?!
Let’s consider the toenail for a second. It’s often hidden from view, largely ignored. Its purpose unclear to many. And if its partner the foot is working hard at its job, chances are it stinks. . . and I mean that quite literally! Yet, if you’ve ever had the misfortune of suddenly losing a toenail, you know the pain and difficulty of no longer having this small body part you previously considered trivial. Simple acts like putting on a sock or a shoe, or even just walking normally are now more difficult. It can end up negatively impacting the whole body.
So why on earth am I talking about toenails, and what does this have to do with reviveOHIO? Well, if you’re reading this message, I’m guessing you’ve been involved with Time to Revive in some capacity, in Ohio or elsewhere perhaps. And somewhere along the line, you’ve had to serve in some less than enjoyable or seemingly insignificant roles. Yet God wants to reassure you there is NO unimportant part of His Body.
Kyle Lance Martin has repeatedly mentioned one of the keys to successfully reaching the lost ... humility. True humility recognizes one another’s value; today’s elbow or tomorrow’s mouth, each part is needed. Each part is precious. And most importantly, each part is HIS! Yes, it’s exciting to get to lead an entire team of athletes to the Lord. But no doubt, there were many others behind the scenes praying for that to happen. It’s an honor to lead praise and worship, uniting believers in song. God still needed someone to vacuum the lobby so people felt welcome to come do so. How fun to get to pass out watermelons and share the Gospel with strangers! Yet someone had to get dirty to grow and harvest those melons, and someone else had to safely transport them to Ohio.
After all that’s taken place in Darke County these last 3 weeks, can I just say praise the Lord and thank you Jesus for all the toenails, nose hairs and otherwise unnoticed parts of His Body out there?! Your humble obedience has allowed the Body of Christ to function at full throttle here in Darke County…but until that trumpet blows, we can’t stop! We’ve seen the difference we can make when we work together. So from the smallest hair follicle to the biggest heart, let’s remain humbly on our knees together as we continue to be His hands and feet, to this county and beyond!
“Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” - Philippians 2:2-4
Cindy WatrenWriter, Darke County