Have you ever broken a bone, torn a ligament, or sprained an ankle? It hurts! At first, nothing feels right, nothing wants to move. It seems like you ache in more places than just where the injury is. Soon, though, the body begins to compensate for the injured part and you make do. Before long the constant compensation for that which is lacking wears on those parts that are working harder and other parts of the body start to hurt. The injured area atrophies and grows weaker creating more imbalance. It is only once the injured part heals and begins to be used again that the body as a whole begins to function normally once again.
The church behaves in a similar way. When part of the church is injured or is immobilized and not being used, the whole body is hurt. Those that are still functioning take on more responsibility. The church keeps going but it just doesn’t feel right. Pretty soon the heavy lifters are burning out and everyone starts to suffer.
God has given us all a part in this body of His. We all have a purpose, we all are needed. But life happens and maybe something has immobilized you. Maybe you’ve been hurt by something or someone and you feel like you are the one that is in need. Maybe you feel like your sin has disqualified you and shut you down. Perhaps you’ve been carrying the load for too long and have nothing left to give. Whatever the reason is for your inaction, the answer is the same. Go to Jesus! Go to Jesus and receive the healing, the rest, the breath that you need. Then, it’s back to doing what God created you to do. The body needs you! The love in your heart will help me grow. It’s only as we all do our part that the Body of Christ will grow and be built up. Imagine being part of a healthy body that is growing and vibrant and life changing! Now go and be a part of that body.