One stormy night a little girl came running into her mom and dad’s room after a loud crack of thunder. “I’m scared!!”, she wailed. Her dad hugged her and told her that she was safe. He walked her back to bed and explained that it was only a spring storm. He told her that they lived in a sturdy house that would protect them from the elements. The child was not convinced. Her dad sat at the edge of her bed and reminded her that Jesus was always beside her. The child’s response was, “I know that, Daddy.”
“But sometimes I just need someone with skin on.”
Isn’t that statement true for all of us? Sometimes we just need someone with “skin on”. Our Heavenly Father knew this all too well. He decided to send His one and only Son to be that for us. John 1:14 tells us, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” I truly believe that our calling as the Body of Christ is to show Jesus in the flesh for the people in this world - to be His hands and feet. Lately, I’ve gotten the chance to witness our Church showing up in the flesh in so many ways.
Just this spring I’ve seen women from all backgrounds, education levels and skill levels coming together to cut, iron, fold, sew and match fabric to help girls in Honduras through “Days for Girls”. They provide items that seem so common to us. The kits totally change the lives of these young women and their families. I've talked to women who fly to airports that have landing strips that are little more than dirt roads and educate hundreds of women.
I’ve seen people from other countries walk through our doors in hopes of finding Easter eggs and candy. They leave with a picture of what God’s people are truly like. I saw a little boy following our minister throughout the building and sharing with him the sad truth that he doesn’t have a good daddy.
That same little guy left so excited. He was told that...
He has a wonderful Heavenly Father who loves him - a daddy that will never leave him.
He also heard that there was a Church full of men who would love to get to know him.
I heard stories about 21 Christians from Morgantown, WV who flew to Honduras to give food and shelter but gave so much more. They refreshed long term missionaries who spend day in and day out serving others. They delivered food and hope to families whose children were being treated in the hospital. Not only did they put roofs over 7 families’ heads, but they filled their minds with thoughts of what God’s love can accomplish.
College students each Sunday leave our building with full stomachs and full hearts because so many of the brothers and sisters at MCOC choose to show Christ’s love to them. There are always lively conversations during the college class which includes folks of all ages. Our members are met with delicious smells of comfort foods as they waft up the halls of our Church, reminding them that meeting physical needs is just as important as meeting spiritual needs.
Letters full of scripture and prayer are being sent by many women to bring encouragement because a young mom who is a gifted teacher shared her testimony on the power of prayer. Women are getting to know one another in deeper ways, opening the scriptures daily and sharing what God is revealing to them because a mother and a daughter let God use their passion for women’s ministry to touch lives through a weekly women’s class. Gals are saying that they are truly studying scripture, meditating for the first time and changing their view of reading God’s Word because an English teacher used her talents to open up the book of James in a whole new way.
Jesus became flesh, and I keep seeing glimpses of Him in His Church.
He walked into sad situations. He touched the hurting. He gave encouragement to the depressed. He sat with the sorrowful. He cried with those who were mourning. He gave hope to the forlorn. As His image bearers, we are called to all of those things. If you were baptized into Christ, you have the same Spirit - that IS GOD inside of YOU! You bring Him into every room you walk into.