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Part 2: The Quivering Kidney

Last time, I shared the first part of my journey in discovering my part in the body of Christ. Now, the story continues.

God grew a passion inside my heart for other people to experience the healing of living inside His grace and love and family – the good work that he is faithfully and daily completing in me.  I wanted to do something about it, but was terrified of what it might require of me.  1 John 4:18 says that “perfect love drives out fear.” God’s tender handling of me through people in my life began to steadily drive back the fear of trying my voice, of connecting with people I didn’t fully understand, of exploring interests, of being seen and known. Now, as I do my work as a “body part”, I find it’s sometimes deliciously challenging, and sometimes it’s just work. But, it’s rewarding in all its forms. It feels really good to work and play and laugh and cry with my adopted family.

When I let God draw me closer to himself, he showed me how he sees me (and I need him to keep reminding me), and I see him as he is, without the worldly distortions. When God says you’re valuable, simply because you exist, that’s the way it is. When God says he made a body — a vessel of his perfect love on Earth — and that you’re a necessary part of it, who can argue? 1 Corinthians 12: 27 states, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

In part three, we’ll investigate the reality of being the body of Christ and begin a 10-point process of becoming what God has in mind for us.

Part 1: What Happens When I Let Go?

If you had told me a few years ago that I would soon be helping to facilitate small group discussions, I would’ve soundly rejected the notion. If you said that some of those people would be teenagers, I would question your grasp of reality (I mean, seriously, who has better fraud detectors than young people?). If you then said I’d be a 37-year-old mom picking up a new drum hobby, I would have secretly felt a little giddy on the inside. When you mentioned I’d be playing on stage, I’d firmly disagree, but run away screaming, just in case.

When God has plans for an insecure, spiritually-hungry introvert, the unlikely happens. It took years, but God meandered with me to the foot of Grace and helped me come to terms with the reality that if I truly believe in him, in the way he has presented himself to us, I have to truly believe HIM. I have to trust him. I have to go all-in. That’s when God showed me that the people I’d surrounded myself with were safe people – people like me who want to do right by him and by each other.

Join me here next time as I share more of my personal journey of discovering my role in the body of Christ.