“Then all the wicked and worthless men of those who went with David answered and said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except for every man’s wife and children, that they may lead them away and depart.” But David said, “My brethren, you shall not do so with what the LORD has given us, who has preserved us and delivered into our hand the troop that came against us. For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike.””
I Samuel 30:22-24 NKJV
Dealing with chronic illness is one of the greatest struggles that a person can endure. If the illness is longterm, one experiences the slow, or rapid diminishment of abilities, and the narrowing of life opportunities, as one becomes less and less able.
In the early days in my walk of faith, I was a doer, as I was heavily involved in many ministries. Over time, various illnesses have gradually introduced debilitation and limitation into my life. There is less that I can do. Where I once did many things for the cause of Christ, I now am relegated to prayer, and the writing of this devotion/blog.
In the Christianity, as in all human endeavors, there is a tendency to focus on the people who go out and do the viceral things, the boots on the ground work of spreading the Gospel. Even in my own time of ministry, I desired to have the greater roles, the more notable ministries, that people could see. I had little interest in the behind the scenes work. People tend to value the more visible.
When I neared ed the end of I Samuel this morning, I read of the raiding of Ziglag and David’s pursuit of thoe who had taken everything. David and his men had just completed a long journey home only to find the city ablaze. Some among them were too weary to join the pursuit and stayed behind.
After the victory and recovering all that had been lost, those who were wicked and worthless said that those who had stayed behind should not get back what they had lost, other than their wives and children. David established an ordinance that commanded that all share regardless of their role.
The work of the spreading the Good News requires many to go and do the work. Some are the ones who are seen, others work behind the scenes. It is very much like the body, as all the parts re essential to the overall survival of the entire system.
I have discovered that prayer is the most important of all the functions in the body, as few do it with any consistency, but every one needs it. It is the driving force behind every ministry, every function.
The body is interconnected.
“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be?”
I Corinthians 12:12, 14-19 NKJV
Whatever ministry one does in the body, it benefits all. There is no part that can look down on another. Each has been ordained by God for a particular purpose. Some parts of the body are placed by God as refinement for the other parts. Even the difficult people you may encounter in church have value to God, and will share in the blessings.
We are about the grand work of sharing the story of Jesus, who went to the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again. It is glorious story written in the blood of our Savior, and powerful enough to save souls. Some of us have the privilege to go out and share it first hand, other of us sit in the background and pray. Everyone in the body of Christ who is contributing will share in the reward.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.”
I Corinthians 12:27-31 NKJV
The time is short my people, and many battles will be coming to us. We will need each other to be victorious. May we seek peace in the body, that there be harmony. May we look after each other and care, as if anyone in the body suffers, all of us will with them, as we are one.
“And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”
I Corinthians 12:23-26 NKJV
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