Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. . . And if the ear
should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,”
it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. . .
As it is, there are many parts, but one body. . .
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored,
every part rejoices with it. (1 Corinthians 12:14,16,20,26)
Two Brooms and A Red Carpet
Are you true to God? Then serve Him on His terms. On a rack stood two brooms, one was brand spanking new. All of its bristles were in place, standing up straight as an arrow and showing very little wear and tear. Next to that broom on that rack stood another broom. There was no question that it was old. Because of years of use, every bristle of the old broom was each bent in all directions except straight. Both brooms leaned side by side in place on the rack.
The old broom cleaned deep into the fibers of the carpet. A red carpet which lined the Church hallway was speckled with dried salt tracked in from the snowy walkways near the building. The vacuum was in a place unbeknownst to me so I grabbed the new broom, the dust pan and began to clean the specks of salt which were ground into the carpet. As I swept and swept, I quickly realized that the new broom could only move surface specks. The deep ground in speck remained fixed; not one budged. Out of desperation, I took the old broom to give it a try. With just two strokes that old broom moved not only the surface salt but the deep ground in ones as well.
Two Brooms in One-But-Differing-Function
Because of years of wear and tear the bristles of the old broom splayed in every direction possible. Because the of multi-directional movements of this broom, in one swoosh the broom pushed, all at the same time, the fibers of the carpet in different directions. By doing so the old broom would release the specks of salt held at the base of the fibers, something the new broom could not do. When finished the carpet did not show one speck of salt but up against the wall and in the corners salt had collected there. Because of splayed bristles, the old broom could not reach the corners or up against the wall. I putdown the old broom and took up new broom with its pristine and straight bristles. With just two strokes those new bristles of the new broom moved salt crystals away from the corners and away from the wall. You see Eyebrow Burners, each broom had its function and together they accomplished a perfect job.
God Will Use Us As He So Chooses
What was the teaching the Lord gave me as I swept the hallway? Our Lord used this lesson to remind me that each follower of Jesus Christ has a place in his kingdom. Whether the believer in Jesus Christ is an older Christian or new; a prophet or a priest; the preacher or the janitor; a teacher or a student; clergy or laity; the healthy or the infirmed; the strong or the weak; the wealthy or the poor; the citizen or the foreigner everyone has a place in the kingdom of God. Although each task may be different, the Lord our God has put a seed of his glory, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, within each believer. That indwelling of the Spirit expresses itself in a spiritual gift to be used in the Kingdom of God. Our Lord placed that gift within us not for our glory but for his, and placed it within us to touch the world for Christ. There are too many believers in the kingdom of our Lord and Christ, who do not value the particular gift the Lord has placed within them. As a result we find people sweeping where they are not effective, ministering in places where they were not called, or serving where passion never was.
Are You True To God? Then Serve Him On His Terms!
Eyebrow Burners, every one of us has a gift that the Lord has placed within your hand. Spend time in his presence, seek his face and HE will make it clear what that gift would be. All I ask of you is that you would be prepared for his answer, because It may not be the answer you are hoping to receive. The test of a true disciple, a true follower of Jesus Christ is one who would obey without question whatever our Lord asks of us. Abraham obeyed without question; without hesitation; without making excuses; without looking at his neighbor and their calling. He heard and he immediately obeyed as he left his homeland to go to a place he did not know (Genesis 12: 1-4); he sent his son Ishmael away(Genesis 21:8-21) and he was obedient to the point of almost sacrificing his son Isaac (Genesis 22). Abraham was always true to God and he served God on God’s terms. Eyebrow Burners, you must take into serious account that our God is Sovereign, and as such he will use us as He chooses. He will do so without needing to ask our permission. He created us. Therefore he knows us best and knows what is his best us.
The old broom preformed a function the new broom could not; the new broom did what the old broom could not. Used together but differently a perfect job was done. When we allow the Lord to use us according to his will, and when the church allows the Saints to be used as God ordained, then we will see that everyone working in their differing roles will accomplish the perfect will of God. Are you true to God? Then serve him on his terms!