Thank You!!! (II Samuel 19-21)

32 Barzillai was a very aged man, eighty years old. He had provided the king with food while he stayed at Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man.  II Samuel 19:32

Let me say with all sincerity, “thank you for serving the Lord.” Paul admonishes Christians everywhere to “give honor to those who honor is due,” Romans 13:17. This morning I realize that each of you who faithfully follow this blog are in the service of the Lord. Each of you have unique roles you play in God’s Kingdom building. I want you to know that each of you play an essential role in the Kingdom Agenda of God.

Maybe you ask, why are saying this now? As we read together our focal text it became clear to me that David had been blessed by countless people who served the purposes of God for their generation. I was truly gripped by all of this.

Here is one example:

“Barzillai provided food for David’s team as they hid in exile.” II Samuel 19:31-41.

When David was being restored he wanted to repay his friend. But his friend refused to be repaid because the honor was in getting to serve David.

In the New Testament, Paul offers an illustration of how this looks in the church. Check out I Corinthians 12:12-27.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[e] yet one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

Paul uses the body as his example. Each part of the body is unique and each part is vital to the success of the whole. Brothers and sisters, this is exactly how it is with each of you. Consider the following:

  1. You are important-so thank you for serving the Lord.
  2. You are needed-if you do not serve, the other parts of the body and the whole is hindered greatly.
  3. You are like Jesus-He Himself modeled the life of a servant, Mk. 10:45.

As you and I serve together we are a beautiful picture of the love and power of God at work. When this happens, people will be drawn to Christ!!!

I love each of you! Thank you for being so important to the Body of Christ!!!

2 questions:

  1. What role do you play in the Body of Christ?
  2. Are you giving your all to your role?

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