This past week has shown us again of the might and power of wind and rain as Hurricane Harvey brought destruction and havoc along the Texas coast all the way up to Louisiana. Lives were lost. And untold destruction of property will take an indeterminable amount of time to rebuild.
One of my brothers in Houston told me that pictures can’t even reveal how bad it is. My family has lived there all their lives and have seen and been through hurricanes before. I think this is of epic proportions.
And many from neighboring states and across the nation have taken the initiative to try to do something to help those who are now in need. In fact, a radio station here in Atlanta asked listeners to donate cases of water and I understand that they received enough water to fill five semi trailers! I also just heard that the city of Beaumont is without safe drinking water so I am sure this is timely.
think we all enjoy knowing that there are benevolent people who want to do something when they see a need. Our country has been known for that since its inception. And it should be that way.
I am reminded of this on another level as well—the body of Christ. We looked at that this past Wednesday evening for a few minutes. The apostle Paul is the only NT author to use the example of the human body to illustrate how God sees us as a church. It is a fascinating study of comparisons that Paul brings out in I Cor. 12:12-27. When you get a minute, please take time to read it.
Especially take note of verse 26. "If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together."
The outpouring of help to those in Houston illustrates this to one extent. And our human bodies have proven it…when you cut your finger, everything hurts!
So it is in the body of Christ. When one person in our church is hurting, we all come to their aid, we all hurt with them. We weep with those who weep.
How will you know who is hurting? Sometimes we can literally see it. But more often than not we don’t know. So how will you know? You have to take initiative. You have to get to know others well enough to find out. You have to ask others how they are doing. And if they trust you, they will tell you. This takes time to build relationships and get involved in the lives of others.
What will you do? It isn’t enough to know that someone is hurting. We have to do what we can personally to come alongside those who hurt. We help them in their pain. We offer assistance. We pray. We get involved in their lives.
Remember, when one member suffers, we all suffer. We have to work together to maintain a healthy body.
Living in a fallen world we will see suffering and sorrow and we will experience it ourselves. As brothers and sisters we need to make sure that we are keenly aware of those among us who are struggling in any way and do all we can to be involved in their lives.
Please pray for those who have been devastated by the hurricane. I am praying that believers will be salt and light during this time of great disaster and need and that the salvation of many will result.
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