Growing up and being surrounded by strong women who from my vantage point seemed to be handling things all on their own truly rubbed off on me. We are products of our environment until we deem what has been produced in us as unwanted or unnecessary for our success. That was one way of evaluating whether I was thinking correctly about my purpose in life. I still have some ways that need to be disrobed from my mentality. I like doing things on my own, I like the company of just one. Me, myself, and I are just fine reasoning together until the word of the Lord arrested me and showed me, myself and I a more excellent way.
To be a part of the body of Christ is not just a simple act of asking the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart after you acknowledge your need for His cleansing and redemptive work. You now have been grafted into a family of believing men and women of God who like you bring gifts to the body of Christ. There is no more doing of things in and of yourself when you’ve been given the awesome gift of a family that is Christ-minded. The body of Christ works as a whole although made up of individual members. No one can say that they don’t need a particular part of the body. God created our human body to function as a whole and all the parts play a role in that function. It’s the same with believers. I do need you! Whether your role in the body of Christ has you out front addressing the masses or behind the scenes making certain everything out front runs seamlessly, everyone is necessary.
In the church I grew up in there was a mother that prayed in her heavenly language all the time. Honestly, all I remember about her is her praying. She didn’t really say much to you and if you were fortunate enough to have a conversation with her it would only be about the goodness of the Lord. She’d then go off in tongues and as a child I didn’t understand her or why she prayed all the time. She didn’t seem to do much else in the church as far as being out front other than pray and for a season she was given the authority to host a noon day prayer. She stayed on task too, when you arrived at noon she was already on her knees praying in her heavenly language. She’d look up to see who was entering and never missed a syllable. She never stopped praying. Occasionally she would change over her prayer from her heavenly language to English and that would be to charge the others in the prayer room to change the prayers into another direction. She would pray for exactly one hour every weekday without fail. She was powerful and rarely said a word to the congregation. Often times she was the joke for us as young people. It wasn’t until I got older and started attending the noon day prayers consistently that I gained a greater understanding of her gift. She was an intercessor with a prophetic gift. She never wanted any attention or accolades for anything. She only wanted to call on the Lord and hear what He had to say (I’m missing her gift even now as I am remembering my interactions with her as a young woman in Christ). On my knees in that prayer room I listened to her calling out the names of ministry leaders and some of my young peers. No doubt many of us discounted her value and worth to the ministry, but that never stopped her from praying for us. She prayed until she physically couldn’t be in prayer. Cancer destroyed her earthly body.but at her Home-Going Service her worth was made abundantly clear. There was standing room only in a church with a seating capacity of about 1500. There were multiple testimonies of the power of this woman’s gift to simply pray for individuals. It was beautiful to behold and humbling to those of us who thought she was simply someone to make fun of.
I’m grateful my life had an Emma Price, Millie Spruill, and Cornelious Cunningham to shape and mold my spiritual walk. These women sowed prayer and time into my life and although they were not pastors or preachers, they were powerful women of God who knew who they were in God. They operated in their God-given roles without apology and without shame. They were grateful to be a part of God’s body and working in His Kingdom, no matter the capacity. Because of them and countless others who have been equally committed to their roles in the body of Christ, I have a greater understanding of members in the body. I need everyone in the Kingdom of God and I’m needed as well. So I’ve got to grow daily as I am dying daily to my ideals and ambitions; I’m awakening more and more to His purpose and plan for my life.
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And 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 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And thosemembers of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.