Some of you, who may have recently heard me speak, have probably heard this, but for those of you who haven’t, at least it will be new to y’all. 🙂
I grew up in a little country church. On a good day, there might have been fifty people, and everyone was related to at least one person.
I recall very few people ever going to the alter, because if you did, people wondered what heinous sin you had committed and with whom! Back then, people didn’t seem to talk about their mistakes, so I grew up thinking that if you did anything in the church…preach, teach, sing, take out the trash, you had to be perfect. I knew at a pretty early age that I was anything but perfect.
As I got older, being a rather rebellious teen, I had made quite a few mistakes, so from about eighteen to thirty three, that place for perfect people, just wasn’t for me.
I often thought to myself, if what the bible says is true, and we all are a part of the body of Christ. I figured, surely I was the stinky colon. I knew I wasn’t anything good like the eyes, mouth, hands or feet.
If any of you reading this blog feel that way about yourselves, look at it this way. Have you ever tried to get any work done when your colon was acting up? It ain’t happening! I happen to think that a healthy, fully functioning colon is a pretty handy thing to have around!
I felt like I had made way too many mistakes to ever be used by God. I’m so glad that the God I serve, the one true God, is a loving Father who turns our messes into messages and our tests into testimonies! He takes damaged goods that the world may see as worthless, and turns them into masterpieces.
I personally no longer see myself as a useless part of the body of Christ. I now see myself as a fully functioning, healthy colon! Still stinky at times, but hey, there are no smooth moves without us!
God has a purpose for everyone, and He doesn’t waste anything! If you feel useless, start seeking The Lord and asking Him what it is He has for you. Trust me, your life has a purpose!
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:12 & 27
I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future. Jeremiah 29:11
“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: Jeremiah 1:5