I remember once when our daughter was in hospital (due to a Cystic Fibrosis related complication), there were a handful of members in our church that reached out to our family and it really meant a great deal to us. During this time we were experiencing some great difficulties and the LORD revealed to me how we, as the Body of Christ should disciple each other, love each other, bare each other’s burdens, help each other, be of comfort to each other, encourage each other and pray for each other fervently.
Our All Powerful and All Knowing God knew how we would need each other. He knew that being in this world, but not of this world, would not be the easy road to follow. He knew of the great task at hand. Whilst we were in hospital, God pressed it upon my heart to write and share this following short testimony about the Body of Christ with our church :
In 1 Corinthians 12:12 the Word says :
“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are of one body, so also is Christ. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” NKJV
Cystic Fibrosis is a multi system disease. If that is so, then the Body of Christ is a multi system answer straight from Above.
When we needed hands, He sent us hands.
Hands that gave. Little pressies of thoughtfulness, little cards, sweeties and biscuits. Hands that picked up the phone and dialled the number to see how we were doing. Thumbs connected to hands that were sending us text messages with a word of encouragement.
When we needed feet, He sent us feet.
Feet that walked to the car to come and visit us in hospital. Feet that walked into our hearts to show us that we are loved. Feet that walked, and came to pray for Anna and our family at her hospital bed.
When we needed legs, He gave us legs.
You see, we needed legs to help the feet to walk to us.
When we needed hearts, He sent us hearts.
Hearts that were full of kindness and compassion for a fellow part of the body that was in pain. Hearts that cried with us in the trying times and hearts that rejoiced with us in the times of great progress. Hearts that understood that we were going through a hard time. Hearts that did not judge because we were having a bad day and that maybe just for the slightest second our faith had weakened.
When we needed lips, He gave us lips.
Lips that spoke God’s very presence into our situation. Lips that spoke encouragement. Lips that reminded us of our Saviour’s love.
When we needed toes, He gave us toes.
Little tiny toes of Christian friends who came to visit and made a little heart so very glad.
When we needed brains, He sent us brains.
Brains that were in touch with the heart so that no harsh words were spoken at a time when we could perhaps not handle it.
When we needed arms, He sent us arms.
Arms that embraced us with big loving hugs and reached out to us in places where the heart could not reach. Hugs of warmth and kindness.
When we needed lungs, He sent us lungs.
Lungs that helped us breathe by giving us a 30 minute break to go and grab a cup of coffee.
When we needed pancreas, he sent us pancreas.
Pancreas to help us absorb the nutrients of the Word being fed to us by sending us Scriptures straight from above.
When we needed kidneys, He sent us kidneys.
Kidneys to filter out any negativity and things not from God but from the evil one.
When we needed a stomach, He sent us a stomach.
The stomach to help us digest some of the realities around us through the eyes of our Lord and not through the eyes of the flesh.
When we needed eyes, God sent us eyes.
Eyes that saw our suffering and radiated the love of Jesus. Eyes that said, “it is going to be okay.”
When we needed ears, He sent us ears.
Ears that listened to our concerns and our needs.
When we needed knees, He sent us knees.
Knees that knelt down in fervent prayer for a part of the body that was in pain. Knees that called on the hands – to fold them in prayer and to lift them high in worship to our One and only Living God. Knees that called on the heart for love, to pray out of care and genuine concern. Knees that called on the lips for movement to ask on our behalf. Knees that called on the ears to hear God’s voice. Knees that prayed for us when we were too tired to pray. Knees that were obedient.
Which part of the Body are you and how can you exhort, edify, encourage and love?