by Sheri Schofield
Question: What do you think the most important item in a country home is?
Answer: It’s a small box hidden away in a dark room where nobody can find it!
My husband and I have lived in a lovely house in the mountains of Montana for fifteen years. We thought we knew everything about it until . . . Oh, no! There was no water coming from any faucet in the entire house! We called a plumber. He asked about the little box, but none of us could find it. We didn’t even know it existed! It took an hour to find the box. Inside it, some tiny wires had blown out. Once they were fixed, presto! Water!
It reminded me of what Paul wrote about the church, the body of Christ. He said that the Holy Spirit bestows different kinds of gifts on the church, each gift meant for service to the entire body of Christ. Wisdom, teaching, preaching, serving others . . . But all these gifts are from the same Holy Spirit, who knows exactly what each church needs in order to function effectively in spreading the good news about Jesus.
We are a team! Someone may think, “Oh, I’m not important. I only mop floors. I wish I could do something more spectacular!” Another may say, “I don’t matter because I just welcome people. I wish I had a more interesting gift!” Others say, “All I do is teach children. Nobody ever notices me or says thank you. I don’t matter.”
We are living in a time when families are overwhelmed by the activities expected of them by their communities or children. By the time Sunday comes, all they want to do is to sit and listen. “Oh yes – and please, somebody take my children somewhere else so I can listen! I’ve given myself away all week and I need to be fed!”
Paul wrote: The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable . . . Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it, 1 Corinthians 12:21, 22, 27, NIV.
Yes YOU! What part did the Holy Spirit give you to perform within the church? Has your life become too busy to serve? Or do you think that because nobody can see your work that you are not needed?
Have over-commitment and feelings of inadequacy or inferiority consumed your life, robbing you of the energy to fulfill your role in the body of Christ? Has stress blown the wires in your little personal box? If it has, how can the living water from Jesus quench your thirst or minster to the lost through you?
You matter! When you aren’t able to function, the church gets bogged down. So if you are feeling overwhelmed or unneeded, tell Jesus about it. He will strengthen and refresh you through the Holy Spirit. Tell a trusted friend that you are stressed and ask him or her to pray for you. Let the Lord and your brothers and sisters in Jesus minister to you today so that tomorrow you may minister to others. And while you’re at it, take a look around. There may be others serving in hidden ways who need to hear those magic words, “Thank you!”
By using the gifts God has given us, we will bless others and be blessed ourselves. When we function like the body we were created to be, all our lives will bubble over with living water!
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV
About the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!
Read Sheri and her husband’s amazing story in One Step Ahead of the Devil: A Powerful Love Story. Thrust into national politics because of her husband’s work, Lissa McCloud struggles to save the life of the man she loves from those who are bent on his destruction. Based on true events, the reader is taken deep into the heart of national politics –all the way to Congress and the President of the United States.
Join the Conversation: What gift has God given you to build up the body of Christ?