When I was a kid, I remember watching television and there was this story, like a public service announcement kind of thing. You might have heard of it because it’s fairly popular.
The story tells of a child who is on the beach. On this beach there are hundreds of starfish that wash up on the shore, and without being in the water, they will die. This child throws the starfish back into the water. Someone walks up to the child and says, “Why bother? There are so many of them. You’ll never make a difference.” The child smiles, picks up a starfish, throws it in the water and says, “I made a difference to that one.”
That had a profound affect on me and taught a lesson that I still think about. This kind of goes back to what I wrote about yesterday. We cannot fix everything, but we can have a profound affect on a few. If we do this, we have accomplished much. There are some who have had such a profound affect on me, that I can only hope to affect one person in such a meaningful way.
Why do I write this?
If you feel as if your small actions don’t matter, think again.
There is someone that I consider a friend, who I’ve never met in person, but has been very helpful to me at times when I needed a godly influence. Maybe humility prevents her from seeing it, but her timely words of wisdom, encouragement, and kindness have had big affects. This is how the Spirit works within the body of Christ, and I love seeing this happen. 1 Corinthians 12 is a good place to read about this.
I’ve seen this happen a lot over the past few years with other Christian interactions. Those who are sincerely joined together in the body of Christ have a way of touching each other’s lives, and it is such a wonderful thing to witness. Sometimes though, we don’t realize how useful we are to others.
So, I just want to say that we should never underestimate the power of our small deeds done in the Spirit. If the Lord is behind it, there are no actions that do not have a lasting and profound consequence for good. Humility is great, and knowing that our gifts are of God provide that perspective. Yet, it’s good to rejoice in these things too. It’s good to be thankful, and it builds our faith and fellowship when we see the body working together for the good of all. This brings glory to God and helps the world see what Jesus is about–what being a Christian is about.
Praise the Lord, and I’m thankful that the body of Christ is alive and well. We might not feel that way at times, especially in this world, but Jesus is faithful and He tends to His body. He will revive what needs to be revived. He works in us individually, uses us to help other members, and together we are His church. Regardless of what denomination we come from, if we place Jesus first and understand what matters most, we are joined together with Him, and all is well!
No man-made system or structure can replicate what the Spirit can do.
There is unity, but it only comes when we trust in Jesus rather than “kings” and “horsemen.” For more on the latter, you can read the “We Are the Four Horsemen” series. You can type that into the Search feature of this website if you are interested. As of today, there is one article left to be done in this series, then I will publish the whole work at once for easier reference.