IF WE ARE THE BODY…
By MIKAL FARLEY Indianapolis, Indiana
If we are the body, Why aren’t his arms reaching? Why aren’t his hands healing? Why aren’t his words teaching?
Working in the medical field, I saw a lot of hurt every day. I saw people when they are experiencing the worst moments of their lives. I saw homeless people, sick and injured individuals, and people who seemingly had given up hope on life.
At 14 years old I started working in the medical field on a fire department as an Explorer. When we went to calls one of the most common questions was “Why? Why are you helping me? Why do you do what you do?” The question is the gateway to sharing my faith: All people have worth. All people were created equal and there is always hope.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Hurt isn’t just inside the hospital walls. In my rush to or from work I often neglected my surroundings. I get caught up in my day to day that I don’t look around. I get focussed on my “to do” list – or my ” want to do ” list that some times my community is set aside. Look around, on the street corners, in the shelters, at the Dollar stores, or at local super markets – still don’t see the hurt? Look deeper – Go where God beckons you – be vulnerable. Hurt, pain, suffering is all around.
And if we are the body, Why aren’t his feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. There is hope! We are “his [Christ’s] body, that is, the church” Col. 1: 24. As such, His mission is our Mission. We are called to generously share, witness, and invite others. We are called to proclaim Jesus Christ and promote Communities of Joy, Hope, Love, and Peace. We are called to embrace what it means to be a “Community of Christ.” We are called to reach out to those in need, abolish poverty and end suffering. We are called to heal spiritual, physical and emotional needs. We are called to grow as disciples and serve our God. We are called to bring about the peaceable kingdom.
What more can we do? How else can we spread the good news? How else can we share our faith? How can we share Hope with others?
If we are the body… then we are are called to invite others. … we are called to share with others. … we are called to live our lives in accordance to the Gospel. … we are called to demonstrate love to others in everything that we do. We are called to be signal individuals – expressions of faith – and pillars of all things right. If we are the body then we are called to stand up for what is right and we are called to step beyond our comfort zones to be radical disciples of the unknown and share the story of love, hope, joy, and peace.
Will you step out of your comfort zone? Will you be vulnerable to where Love is leading you?