By Edna Ho, Malaysia
I just came back from a church camp with my family. It was a tiring but fun-filled 3 days 2 nights at a hill resort. On the second day, we played our own version of the famous “Minute-to-Win-It” telematch. I enjoyed myself so much that I didn’t even realize that I had suffered a big blister on my left index finger. It was bad. The bubble had burst, and the skin had peeled off. For the rest of the day, and the following day, I had to bathe with one hand, wash my face with one hand, wash my hair with one hand, etc. Once that finger gets into contact with water, you know what happens. The smarting pain will cause you to shout like never before!
It was then that I realized how much I need my left hand. It is so important to me, that without it, my efficiency and effectiveness are significantly compromised. I now see the value of my left hand, and the part it plays in my daily life.
The same goes for the church. Christ said that many parts form one body. He is the Head, and we are the body parts (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). No one is to be taken for granted. If the left hand doesn’t participate, the body would not be able to function as effectively as it otherwise could (vv. 15-19). I wrote this not only to bring up the importance of every member in the church, but also to encourage those who feel they are too small or insignificant to play a part in church.
This is a reminder to me that we are precious in God’s sight. We may feel small and useless, but God uses the weak to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27). It is not in our strength; it is in God’s strength (2 Corinthians 12:9). I am reminded not to give excuses saying, “I don’t know how” or “I’m scared”. I am needed in church, no matter how small I may feel.
So, let’s take heart and face whatever tasks that come our way. Most importantly, remember that even if what we are doing is small in the eyes of men, it is huge in the eyes of God.