In 1 Corinthians 12:27 Paul says, “you are the body of Christ…”
In light of that, we’ve been reflecting on this important question: How can we be useful to Jesus as his hands and feet in a hurting world by being proactive about the well-being of others?
Sometimes we respond by getting involved in programs or initiatives. And that’s awesome. But today I’m here to tell you that there are opportunities to be helpful to Jesus as his hands and feet in a situation you’re already in.
Quite often when we hear someone talking about being the hands and feet of Jesus we think of something dramatic. And yes, sometimes dramatic things are needed. But all of us are already in situations—right now—where we can be his hands and feet.
I was talking to someone in the health profession recently who wasn’t feeling super-motivated about what they were doing. But when we talked about how looking after the physical well-being of others can be a form of ministry, I think it helped their perspective. Their 9 to 5 could be understood as a part of Jesus’ proactive concern with the well-being of others.
Here are a few other ways you can be helpful to Jesus in the situation you’re already in:
-Being that trustworthy friend who keeps confidences and offers encouragement
-Caring for aging parents
-Raising children of God
-Bringing integrity and grace to the workplace
Look around. There are opportunities to be helpful to Jesus as his hands and feet in a situation you’re already in.
It’s not always about what you’re doing, but who you’re doing it for.
By Matthew Ruttan
–You can watch the sermon today’s devotional is based upon on YouTube here. It’s called “Who stole my purpose?” and is Part 3 in the ‘Contentment’ series. [Go here and scroll down for the audio-only version.] Enjoy!
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.