74. Be the Body of Christ (1)

This morning I heard the following song:

"If we are the Body, why aren't His arms reaching, why aren't His hands healing, why aren't His Words teaching? If we are the Body why aren't His feet going, why is His love not showing them there is a way? Jesus paid much too high a price for us to pick and choose who should come. We are the Body of Christ."

It made me very very sad, because it is true. I don't think people see the Body of Christ at work like they should. In fact I know of people who do not want to believe, due to the behavior of Christians. And this makes me sad. We have a loving Father who wants all people to be saved, and we as the Body are not doing our job.

Then I truly thought about it and the needs of the poor and the majority of people in need it totally overwhelmed me. There are so many people with nothing, that it makes me feel numb, unable to do something. There are beggars around every corner, and it makes me feel hopeless. What difference can I make? Can a single person really make a difference? And I realized that that is exactly the problem, there is such an overwhelming need, that we give up before we even try to make a difference.

And then the Lord spoke to me and said that even if I make a difference in one life, that that is a start. If each of us makes a difference in one life, it becomes a multitude of people won for the Lord. And when I talk about a difference I don't mean giving a beggar your spare change (of course if the Lord tells you to do it you should), but I mean to really make a difference in someone's life. To really give input into someone's life and to help them make the most of it.

For example a friend of mine started a ministry where she got funds to send one person at a time for a course to do call centre work. The course was not as expensive as a degree, but it would help that person to start somewhere. She would then help the person to get work in a call centre and once they have that job, she helps them to register for a degree in something they really wanted to do. Then while they were working, they would study towards something worthwhile. And it was amazing to see how that encouraged that person and not only him, the whole community. The workless community would look up to that person and be encouraged that one of them can actually make it in this world. It was amazing for them to see that they can actually amount to something good, and this did wonders for their self esteem. And when that person finishes and finds a better job, he/she would help to sponsor someone else to do the call centre course and through that cycle, many people will be lifted out of poverty and despair.

That is by what I mean to really make a difference, to really put someone on the right course. Be open to be led by the Holy Spirit, He will lead the way and show you what to do. God loves this broken world. Be His hands and feet and reach out.

Now of course there are many other ways to help people too as the song suggest, but we will talk about it next week.

Lord please present us the opportunities to spread Your Word and Your love. Show us where and how to help. In Jesus' Name. Amen

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