Words from the Heart for Thursday August 16th, 2018
The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
I Corinthians 12:21-22 (NLT)
The Most Necessary
When the Lord created our bodies He provided us a picture of how much we need each other. Every part of our body is affected by the rest. We are inter-connected. We need each other. And, we can receive grace from the Lord to work together to bless all involved.
Terry Fox, who was born in Winnipeg in 1958, was diagnosed with bone cancer at 18 years of age, and had his leg amputated. But that didn’t stop him from starting his Marathon of Hope, a cross-country journey to raise money for cancer research. Though he wasn’t able to complete the journey, the process made him a national hero, and over $650 million dollars has been raised in his name. He was the youngest person to be awarded the Order of Canada, in 1981.
Over the past little while I’ve been watching Ken Burns’ series on the America Civil War and it boggles the mind how many men lost limbs—the bullets in those days tore up arms, and legs. Life was challenging for hundreds of thousands of wounded warriors following that war. We often take our bodies for granted. It is only when we lose a part of our body that we realize how important even the smallest part is to normal living. The Bible speaks about this as a picture of how important each one is in the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:21-22 says, “The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.” There are those within the church that have a public ministry and they are often the most recognized. But Jesus teaches us that in the Body of Christ it is often those who are the least noticeable who are most necessary for a healthy church. We need to honour these people as Jesus does.
These have been words from the heart.