Every Bit Counts
By Heidi Baker
We love our joint Harvest/Bible School graduation days—the climax of ten weeks of blending Word and Spirit together in the context of on-the-ground missions. Twice a year we bring in new students and pastors from the remotest bush, along with eager students from all nations of the world who are as zealous for missions and immersed in God as possible.
We love, laugh and worship together, then head for our local village and the deep bush to seek the lost and see them saved. These are some of the most forgotten people on earth.
As much as possible, we bring cultures together—black and white, east and west, rich and poor. We are a cross-section of the Body of Christ. We want to see it function as it should, every person contributing their gifts from God.
It never ceases to amaze me how Jesus’ Body works. No one has nothing to bring to the table. No one has no gifts. Everyone has something they can bring. Whether that something is small, unseen and seemingly insignificant or very visible and obvious is neither here nor there. It is irrelevant in God’s Kingdom. All that matters is the whole, diverse, glorious Body working together, each part doing its bit to achieve God’s greater purposes.
Some have the task of carrying gear, setting up the sound system, making sure everything is working, while others have the privilege of sharing the message of God’s grace with the assembled crowd. Some cook or pass out food, while others minister and pray. Various expressions of service to Jesus work together to accomplish His purposes that day.
Never feel that what you have to contribute is too small, not enough, insignificant. It’s not. What you have is needed. Without it, other parts of the Body struggle to function. Bring your offering to Jesus and allow Him to multiply it.
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other” (Romans 12:4–5 nlt).
Excerpted from Reckless Devotion by Heidi & Rolland Baker,
Copyright © 2014, Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Used with permission.
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Heidi and Rolland Baker,
founders of Iris Global, served as missionaries in Indonesia
and Hong Kong before following God’s call in 1995 to Mozambique. In the face of overwhelming need, the Bakers now watch God provide miraculously for well over 10,000 children every day through their ministry, and many more through the Iris network of more than 10,000 churches, Bible schools, primary schools and remote
outreach programs. They both earned Ph.D. degrees at King’s College, University of London. She and Rolland have written several books, including Reckless Devotion, Learning to Love and Always Enough. They live in Mozambique. https://twitter.com/DrHeidiBaker and www.facebook.com/DrHeidiBaker
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