Limping Along: Why We Can’t Let Half of Christ’s Body Atrophy

Today’s guest post is from the wonderful Judy Douglass.

Kamari limped along, putting all his weight on the good leg, dragging the atrophied right leg painfully up the rocky hill.

Most often he hardly noticed the weak leg—he had learned to do most of his activities without it. But on days when he needed to make a difficult journey or attempt a daunting task, he sorely missed the strength and capacity the other leg had provided.

He rued the decision not to do the recommended rehab after his accident. If only the doctors had been clearer in the probable degeneration. If only there were some potential for regeneration.

Kamari’s dilemma is too frequently mirrored in the Body of Christ.

One strong leg is often trying to carry the whole weight of the work of the Church. This amazing body is entering into the spiritual battle wearing only partial armor. Kingdom building is hampered by the dangling weak pillar—the atrophied leg.

But that was not God’s plan. He set forth His plan in Genesis 1:27,28:

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’”

He never intended for the man to carry the full weight. He said it was not good for him to be alone. Rather God provided a strong second leg—an ezer—as a partner in stewarding the earth.

In the same way, the Body of Christ needs two strong legs to stride forth to accomplish the task He has given us—to seek and save the lost, to develop His children into mature disciples, to touch the world with His love and salvation.

We will only accomplish our assignment when sons and daughters join together, each bringing strengths and energy into the Kingdom enterprise.

But it’s not too late. We need open minds and open doors to encourage and enable believing women to follow their Lord and their callings into this holy endeavor. As they contribute to the Kingdom with their voices and from their gifts and strengths, the atrophied leg will be revived and the Church of Jesus Christ will move forward with new vitality and effectiveness.

Judy Douglass is a writer, editor, speaker, missionary. Most of all she is an encourager, urging everyone she encounters to know God and to entrust their lives to him for all He wants them to be and all He has prepared for them to do. She gets to go all around the world to do this loving and encouraging–what an incredible “job.” You can find her at her blog Kindling, on Facebook, and on Twitter @jeedoo417

 

3 Responses to Limping Along: Why We Can’t Let Half of Christ’s Body Atrophy

  1. Tim December 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    That limping along visual is a great analogy for what happens when half the body of Christ is relegated to secondary status, Judy. Well done. And I especially like that you describe the Genesis statement of it not being good for man to be alone without reference to the marriage relationship. I look on it the same way, i.e., that God’s statement of it not being good and then creating woman is for the benefit of all creation, not just testosterone laden males who need a little woman around the house. (Wrote on it here a little while ago: http://timfall.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/women-ha-who-needs-em/ )

    Cheers,
    Tim

    • Judy December 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      Thanks, Tim. And thanks for writing on it. Women need to speak up, but it is essential that our brothers do also. And yes, it seems so much is centered on marriage and all. Yesterday at church we were discussing love, and immediately it went to romance, marriage etc. Then we moved it into the realm of loving everyone–spouse, family, friend, neighbor, coworker, enemy, and loving all sacrificially. Okay, that wasn’t what you were talking about, but it reminded me of it. Be blessed.

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