This morning I’m pondering how beautiful it is when the Father ministers through the body of Christ to the body of Christ. Over a week ago the Father put it on my heart to send something to a friend. Last night, she called in distress over something that had happened to her, I comforted her with my words, but the ache was still there.
Today my package arrived along with another package He’d put on someone else’s heart to send that had something in it that was VERY specifically replacing something the friend had willing lay down in the difficult moment and to top it off someone else sent a text of encouragement. Not one of the 3 had known the situation my friend would be in or that today especially she would need a hug from Abba, but out of obedience each did their part and so a hurting member of the body received ministry. This is as it should be.
This brings to mind 1 Corinthians 12:21-26 (ESV)
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard through Dyed4you of people who have been incredibly blessed and ministered to through timely gifts (read some stories). It is VITAL that we obey these promptings when we sense them! We all like to be the recipient of such ministry, but not all are willing to heed the still small voice when it comes, and as a result members in the body are left injured and unattended.
Father may we heed Your voice and obey the call to minister to one another being Your vessels of healing within the body of Christ. Thank You for letting us be part of what You are doing and thank You for the vital roles You have given each of us. May we not operate in jealousy or strife, but joyfully operate in the fullness of the role You’ve created each of us to fulfill that nothing would be lacking! To You be the glory!!!