The Bible tells us that we, as a church are one body with many parts, none more important than any other. In fact, this is a concept we are told throughout life in our families, in team sports, on the job, and in our communities.
It is interesting, and I must say sad, then, to note how often this gets distorted. Why do you suppose that people get so caught up in their positions in life? Why do we seem to think of ourselves as less important than someone else because of a title, position, level of education, or some other yardstick we are using to measure our success (or lack thereof)?
In essence, when we do that, we insult the work of a Holy God. We are telling Him that of the people made in His image, and we all are, some are worth more than others. If this were so, we would need more than one God/god, which of course isn’t true.
So, just how much does each of us impact somebody else? Look in the Bible. Look at the people God chose to use to 1. Be the father of a nation (Abraham) 2. Lead His people out of captivity and deliver His law (Moses) 3. Rule as the King “after God’s own heart” (David) 4. Follow His Son with nothing but faith, risking their own lives in doing so, (the twelve apostles). None of these people, and many others, had any “special” training for the jobs they were given, and most were reluctant to take them because they were convinced that they were not qualified. In truth, on their own, they were, as am I, and as we all are, but we are not asked to do it alone. Read what Pastor Greg Laurie as to say below about the impact of one person on another, then ask yourself, who has impacted you, and on whom have you had an impact? If you do not have a clear answer, follow that up with another question. Why?
Serving Him through Serving Others,
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
The Impact of One
|Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.|
When it comes to contemporary heroes of the Christian faith, we are familiar with names like Billy Graham. But what about Edward Kimble or Mordecai Ham?
Edward Kimble was a shoe salesman who worked alongside a guy named Dwight. Edward shared the gospel with Dwight, and Dwight accepted Christ. It was 1858, and Dwight’s last name was Moody. We know him as D. L. Moody, who was one of the greatest evangelists in history.
Years later when Moody was preaching, a pastor named Frederick D. Meyer was deeply stirred, and as a result, he went into his own nationwide preaching ministry. On one occasion when Meyer was preaching, a college student named J. Wilbur Chapman heard him and accepted Christ. He went out and began to share the gospel, and he employed a young baseball player named Billy Sunday. Billy Sunday ended up being the greatest evangelist of his generation.
When Billy Sunday preached the gospel in Charlotte, North Carolina, it was such a great meeting that he was invited back. But when he couldn’t be there, Sunday recommended a preacher named Mordecai Ham. Ham went to Charlotte and preached, but not many people responded to his invitation to accept Christ. But on one of the last nights, a tall, lanky boy who worked on the local dairy farm walked forward. Everyone knew him as Billy Frank, and we know him today as Billy Graham.
So Edward Kimble reached D. L. Moody, who touched Frederick Meyer, who reached Wilbur Chapman, who helped Billy Sunday, who reached businessmen in Charlotte, who invited Mordecai Ham, who ultimately reached Billy Graham. And it all began with the simple witness of Edward Kimble.
Every one of us can make a difference for the kingdom of God. What is He calling you to do?