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February 12, 2014

Magnificent Creation (May-Jun 2002)

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By Flo Eckeberger
May-June 2002

Imagine this. You get out of your car and start toward the steps of your condo and, out of the corner of your eye you see a man in a ski mask step from behind the shrubbery toward you. Your eyes send a message to the brain; the brain alerts the heart to beat faster, the adrenaline glands send forth a burst of energy which tells your feet to start moving, and your mouth opens to scream. This is an example of the body’s response to fear and you make a decision to fight or flee. Every part of your body is responding to self-preservation. Central to this response is your heart. . .and because of your heart, you live.

The heart is to the physical body; as Jesus is to the church.

This magnificent creation in which I live (in function, of course, not in appearance) is an example of organs, muscle, and tissue working together to protect, preserve, and enhance life. We’ve learned that when sight weakens, for instance, most usually hearing is enhanced because we rely on our other senses more. There is this exchange of capabilities, reliance on one another, that takes place between the senses given us at birth.

As we mature some of our muscles aren’t as strong as they once were; we may have surgery to replace a joint or amputate a limb; we may even suffer a stroke or an injury that will paralyze us; but as long as our heart functions, we will live.

So it is true of the church.

In the body of Christ, some members may malfunction, some may weaken, and some may remove themselves, but it is Jesus and Him only, who is the lifeblood and heart of the church.

We may gather at 10:00 a.m.; 12:00 noon; or only at 6:00 p.m. each Lord’s Day, that isn’t the important thing. Maybe Carolyn sings and encourages us as we listen and then Dave sings to inspire us further; their encouragement and our listening are both acts of worship as praise is offered to God. Whether we are singing, listening, or singing in unison, none of these is the important thing. The important thing is our being attuned to pleasing God with whatever talents have been given each of us.

Our being in harmony, whether it is four-part singing or worshipping God for His graciousness in bestowing different talents to each of us, is what is important.

For each of us has talent. Sometimes the ability to just touch someone on the shoulder in understanding is the most important touch that person will have on a given day. Sometimes a card in the mail. Or a phone call.

We seem to have gotten caught up in thinking we must have a talent for oratory; for teaching; for preaching; for some visible sign of blessedness. Not true. We each have a particular talent for touching the life of someone we know best; someone we are closest to; someone we love; or someone who might not have anyone else to fill that particular spot in their life. And that is our calling.

Determine whose life you can touch in even the smallest of ways. It may be very important to them.

Determine what you are comfortable offering to those around you. It is probably comfortable for you because it is what you do best.

God has blessed us with ways to bless others. Do well what you are comfortable with doing and as the bones, tissue and organs of our physical bodies respond to one another to sustain and enhance our physical lives; members of the body of Christ will respond to one another to sustain and enhance our spiritual well-being.



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