The Body

So many times I hear stories depicting where the body of Christ has fallen short.  Fear of being inconvenienced, selfishness, and sometimes just not recognizing the needs may be reasons that we miss opportunities to serve others.

Last weekend, I saw the body of Christ work in amazing ways.  We were stranded in Albuquerque and people we didn’t even know blessed us.  A place to stay, someone to pick us up and take us out to eat, the money for repairs, and encouraging words all came from the Body.  We were amazed at how God provided down to the smallest need.

Often I find that many of my thoughts have already been worded perfectly like Psalm 40:5, “O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us, Your plans for us are too numerous to list.  You have no equal.  If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.”

One of the great gifts our Father gives us is this wonderful thing called the Body of Christ.  All of us imperfect people, because of Christ’s work in our lives, learning to be more like Him as we daily allow His Holy Spirit to teach us.

Sure, we have our quirks and our problems.  Sure, some people are harder to love and serve than others.  We live in world where relationships are not easy and life is sometimes messy. But, we as we love one another, we show the world we are His disciples.

It is all about emptying ourselves and allowing Christ to fill us with His thoughts, His desires, Himself.  It is looking for opportunities every moment of every day to be a blessing to someone else.  It is choosing to speak words of encouragement and not discouragement.  It is the peaceful heart that comes from understanding that God is in control when everything around you is crumbling and seems to be going wrong and so our response reflects our heart.  It is treating others the way you want to be treated regardless of the reality of your treatment.

We have been in so many homes, traveled to so many places, and met so many amazing people. We have learned, when the Body of Christ functions well, it is a beautiful thing and the world notices.  So, thank you all for letting your light shine before men, for letting them see your good works, and enabling them to glorify our Father, who is in heaven.

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