Brothers and Sisters,
By nature of being saved by Jesus, you have been made a part of his body, the Church. I truly believe that in every local church, God provided the parts of the body for it to function for the purpose in which he called it to. We are blessed at Foundation Church to be full of amazing people that make up our part of the body. Every week of church life is a testament to that: the volunteer teams, the servants, the godly way in which people care for and serve one another warms my heart. But every now and again, we are faced with a call to go over and above. Sometimes God brings into the life of the church an opportunity to show off his love through his people within the body that is the church.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians, reflecting on the unity of the body:
God has so composed the body… that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. – 1 Corinthians 12:24-26.
His exhortation to the church is that we might have the same care for every person within the body, big or small, seemingly important or unimportant, able or disabled, so that if one is to suffer that we all feel their suffering, and that if one is honored we are all honored. The idea of being honored is a nice one, but opportunities are generally few and far between.
The reality of suffering in our broken and dark world is a far more real occurrence and provides for us many opportunities to show the love of God within the body of Christ.
Some of you might be asking the question, "Aren’t we meant to show the love of God to lost and dying world? To those who are far from God?" Of course we are, but Scripture commands us to do so in an interesting way:
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:10
Why might this be the case? I think it is to shine a bright and beautiful light to those outside the church who are suffering -- to show them the way God loves. After all, Jesus told us that our love was the means by which the world would know we are his:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35
Foundation Church, we have a very real tangible opportunity to do this in the coming weeks and months. If you were in service Sunday you know we have two families who will be spending considerable time at Seattle Children’s hospital over the coming weeks.
Deborah Lyons is a nine-year-old with Cerebral Palsy and is currently wheelchair bound. She is having surgery to potentially help her develop some independent mobility with the possibility that she may be able to walk, unassisted as a result of the procedure.
Liam Furseth, a five-month-old with Down Syndrome, will have open heart surgery to repair a hole within one of the chambers of his heart. This is an essential and life-saving surgery but comes with considerable risk.
Both the Lyons and Furseth families will have needs that we, as a church body, are eagerly compelled to fill. Please visit this link to find out how you can help.
And finally, please pray for these families. This message is being sent as both Liam and Deborah are going through surgery. Please go before the Lord on their behalf and ask God’s sovereign goodness to be on display through the healing of Deborah and Liam.