Are You Important?

Let’s have the Apostle Paul answer that one:

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ…

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am only an ear and not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? Suppose the whole body were an eye—then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, how could you smell anything? 

But God made our bodies with many parts, and he has put each part just where he wants it. What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 

In fact, some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are really the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect from the eyes of others those parts that should not be seen, while other parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 

Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 14-27 NLT)

At the end of the month, at our annual Blast-Off BBQ, we’ll have a chance to see where God is working and decide where He would have us serve. What gifts do you have? Where are your passions? As a precious part of the body of Christ, you have an important part to fill. Will you?

Worship Words

There are several different words used in the Bible for “worship” and none of them mean music or singing. The original words used most often mean “bow down”, “reverence”, “honor publicly”, and “serve, as a slave”. “Praise” is most often attached to singing. It’s easy to think of singing praise and worship as the same, but really, praise singing is just a subset of worship. Worship is much more. Warren Weirsbe describes worship as our response of all that we are, to all that He is and does.

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” Romans 12:1

I’m glad that worship is more. I’m also a bit terrified. Mostly because of the “all” part. If we’re truly honest, I’m sure there are many times during the day that we aren’t giving God all. But why look at the negative side of things? Isn’t it exciting that when the singing is over, we get to keep on worshipping!

Another aspect of worship is that God is deserving of it, period. In Isaiah 6, he was shown a vision of heaven and saw the Lord being worshipped on the throne. And these heavenly beings were worshipping God. They weren’t singing – just calling/crying/proclaiming “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory.” Before He sent His Son, before Jesus died on the cross to save us, before we could be blessed with anything, God was worshipped. Even more, in Revelation 4 we read that “…day and night they do not cease to say, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.’” Let’s be sure that we are worshipping God, not only for what He’s done, but for who He is!

“Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” Psalm 95:6

Who Are You?

If you’re like me, I will sometimes find myself going through an identity crisis. In my case, I’m being pulled different ways by different relationships (dad, husband, son, friend, pastor, and now coach?!). Some are only for a season and some for a lifetime. They are all important and all take time to nurture and grow. In the midst of trying to juggle the many hats you may wear, it’s easy to forget another hat that you will have. This last one is actually a crown.

“And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on the day of His return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8, NLT

Though it is promised for us on that “great day”, we are called to live as if the day were to come at any moment. But there are many times I don’t feel worthy of wearing a crown. What have I done to deserve that? Who am I? Casting Crowns has an excellent song by that same title: Who Am I? In it, the lyrics ask the questions that we find ourselves asking when we don’t feel worthy of the righteousness that God has bestowed upon us. Here’s a sample:

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt…

Who Am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
And watch me rise again…

Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You are …

And You’ve told me who I am
I am Yours…

So who are you? You’re a child of the King! Let’s worship that King!