I hardly ever think about my feet unless I’m going to get a pedicure, and then by that time, I’m thinking they are looking pretty gnarly. But when I’m all done, I’m thinking they are looking pretty good!
But other than that, my feet don’t get too much attention.
Let’s go one step (no pun intended) further. Has anyone ever complimented the tendons in your feet? I’ve had people say, “You have nice skin” or “I like your hair,” but I have to tell you, I’ve never, ever, had anyone come up to me and say. “Oh, you have a lovely tendons, Christy.”
Because, tendons aren’t noticeable like skin is. They do their work behind the scenes.
About 10 years ago, while running, I tore a tendon in my foot. No big deal right?
Right, until I needed to load the dishwasher, do laundry, and go to the grocery store. Oh, the pain! I couldn’t even stand.
My feet suddenly became extremely important and my tendon in my left foot even more so. Without it, I couldn’t properly take care of my family. I had two young boys at the time and having to sit on the sidelines when they needed me, broke my heart.
1 Corinthians 12:12, “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” NLT
I’ve been reading 1 Corinthians 12 about how each one of us make up part of the church body. Paul says we are like the parts of the human body. Each part serves a purpose and all the parts work together in unison to get the job done or get us where we need to go, so to speak. Thus the conversation about the feet.
Sometimes the gifts God has given us are not so obvious. They’re like tendons, they’re unsung heroes. But it’s because of these unsung heroes, that the job gets done and God’s Word gets out. Without them the Church is not as efficient. It’s as though it’s walking with a limp.
Ephesians 2:1o says that, “We are God’s masterpiece he has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we could do the things he planned for us long ago.” NLT
The tendon in my foot is a powerful gift to my body. It allows my foot to hold my body up and move it along. It was planned that way from the beginning and not some last-minute thought of God. He intricately wove this tissue into my body to perform a specific task. In the same way He has woven gifts into both you and me to equip the church for certain duties.
Please don’t say it doesn’t matter if you don’t go to church and that you won’t be missed. I’ve said it before too.
The truth is, we are missed.
I sure missed the tendon in my foot when it wasn’t working. And the Body of Christ (the Church) misses us when we’re not there.
If yore’ not already plugged into a church, or maybe you are but confused about your gifting, ask God to show you. There are some great resources out there to help you as you figure it out. Jennie Allen’s Restless, Strength Finders 202, by Tom Rath.
Come on, be some of the best, like a pair of feet, show up and help hold up, the Body.