Do you remember going to your church youth camp growing up? Our church didn’t have a camp for youth, but we did have an end of the year beach trip we would take to celebrate the end of the school year which led us into our summer break.
Our church youth camp is in a few weeks so our prayer focus for our prayer meeting this month was the youth. We spent time praying specifically for the high schools in the county and the neighborhoods districted for those high schools. They had printed up signs with each high school name on them and the students would grab the sign for their high school and hold it up. Everyone gathered around the sign for the school district they lived in to prayed for that school and surrounding neighborhoods. It was such a blessing to see and hear our young people praying for their schools, their friends and their neighborhoods with passion.
As I looked around the room, my eyes fell on a picture of how the body of Christ should function. One young man was holding up the sign for his high school and a man stood behind him supporting his arms and lifting them up as they grew tired from holding the sign for so long. I immediately thought of Aaron and Hur and how they supported Moses’ arms when Joshua led the Israelites into battle [Exodus 17:12]. They were supporting Moses as he was doing what God called him to do. Moses was supporting Joshua and all of Israel as they were doing what God had called them to do. Each one had an important role and everyone depended on the other to do their part for victory to be secure. If one slacked off, the entire nation of Israel would have been impacted.
This is how the body of Christ is designed to work [1 Corinthians 12:12-25]. We all have a role to play in bringing the Kingdom of God to earth. Some of us are the front people who are seen and heard by others. Others are the behind the scenes people who usher in the Holy Spirit through hours of prayer behind closed doors. Each part is critical and none more important than any other [1 Corinthians 12:22-24]. When we fail to do our part, the body of Christ is weakened, because we are connected as one and what impacts one of us impacts all of us. 1 Corinthians 12:26 puts it this way: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
What gifts has the Lord bestowed on you? Are you using them today for the good of the body of Christ and to His glory? If you’re not, you aren’t just missing out on the blessings that come from serving the Lord; you are hindering the body of Christ. Take some time to learn what your gifts are and ask Him to show you how to use them effectively for His glory. The body of Christ is depending on you.