Did you know?
The kidneys cannot function properly without enough water. When they do not work to capacity, some of their waste is given to the liver. One of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But if the liver has to do the kidneys’ work, it can’t work at its full potential. So it then metabolizes less fat, and more fat remains stored in the body.”
The Bible calls Christians “the Body of Christ.” As such we have been given a wonderful thing that we were created and designed to have: Responsibility. I know, I know, the ‘R’ word is, to our selfish and lazy culture, worse than any 4-letter-word. But, as pastor Andy Stanly rightly says, “You were created to be responsible. In fact… you are happiest when you are responsible.” He goes on to say, “I’ve never met a happy, irresponsible person. I’ve met people who’ve made an incredible case for the fact that, ‘it’s not my fault, it’s not my fault. I’m not to blame.’ But even after they make that case, there’s no smile on their face…”
So what is our responsibility?
Galatians 6:5, “For each will have to bear his own load.”
Galatians 6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
We are responsible to do something with our God-given talents, and we are responsible for the well-being of other Christians.
Each of us has a job to do. We have all been given gifts and talents by God, and we have all been given a task to accomplish within the Body of Christ.
- If you are not sure what your task is, it is to use your gifts and talents to serve the church and reach the lost.
- If you are not sure what your gifts and talents are, then pick an area within the church and just start serving. If that area isn’t fruitful or fulfilling, then pick another area. Also, ask the people around you, especially in your church community, what they believe your gifts are. Often those around us can see things about us better than we can see them ourselves.
- If you know what your gifts are, but AREN’T SURE how they can be used to serve the church and reach the lost, (for example, maybe your talent is construction work or business management), then ask your pastor and those in your community how you can serve the church and reach the lost with your giftings. And also, think outside the box.
I know a guy who owns a construction business and hires 16 to 19-year-old guys during the summer in order to help them learn a trade and make a little money. And, most importantly, he gets to share Jesus with them.
Or, if you are good with finances, maybe your church needs someone to help count the offering, or plan fund raisers. There is a story in the Bible about two men who were empowered by the Holy Spirit to be construction workers for the church. (Exodus 31:1-11)
What does this have to do with my Liver and Kidneys?
The section at the top is something from Bekka’s (my wife) natural health homework. When I read it I thought of Luke 10:2:
“And [Jesus] said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Why are the laborers few? Because there aren’t enough Christians doing the task that Jesus has given them. So the other Christians have to make up for it. I’ve heard of what’s called “80/20 Syndrome.” 80/20 is the statistic of most churches. 80% of the people at your local church only do 20% of the work, which leaves 20% of the people doing 80% of the work.
We each have a responsibility; a task to accomplish. Our Kidneys and Liver also have specific and separate, yet complementary tasks to do. “But if the liver has to do the kidneys’ work, it can’t work at its full potential.” (quoted above) So it is with the Body of Christ. That’s why Galatians says that we ‘each should carry our own load’. When part of the Body is lazy, or ‘too busy’, or too wrapped up in sin to carry their part of the load, then the other, faithful members have to take up the slack. This adds more responsibility to their shoulders making their work not as fruitful, and ultimately causing the entire Body to suffer and to be unhealthy. But when you are what Pastor Mark Driscoll calls ‘Christian Consumers’, and do not give to, serve and help the church—especially your local church—then you are not doing your part as a Christian and therefore are causing the church to suffer and be unhealthy.
Bear one another’s burdens
Bear your own burdens
Reach the lost
Serve the church
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