“Man overboard!” The words rang out loud, even from inside his bunk on the ship. He was suffering with one of the worst cases of seasickness the crew had ever seen. “God help the poor fellow–there is nothing I can do,” he said to himself. However, even in his poor condition, he decided he could, at the very least, put his lantern up in the porthole of his room. A life was at risk. The drowning man was rescued and recounted the story next day: “I was going down in the darkness of the sea for the last time when someone put a light in a porthole. It shone on my hand, and a sailor in a lifeboat grabbed it and pulled me in” (Adapted from Lakewood Bulletin, Montgomery, NC).
Each person played a part in this dramatic rescue. One called out that the man had gone overboard. Others rushed out into boats to try and save the man. One boat actually saved the man. Even the seasick man who simply put his lantern up in the porthole provided vital help.
If we were to put ourselves into this story, who would we be? Some of us might be out on the boats. Others might be the lookout. Some of us might be the one who is burdened down with difficulties and simply does what little we can.
Even if what we can do seems small, it doesn’t make it unimportant. When it comes to the work of the Lord, all are vital. In Corinth, it seems like the people were having similar self-doubts. They were thinking that if they weren’t more important, then they were not important at all. Paul clears this up quickly, “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, ‘Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired” (1 Corinthians 12:14-18).
No matter what position we are in the church, weakness is never an acceptable excuse for inaction (Exodus 3:11-4:14; Judges 6:15-18). Let’s put forth whatever help we can towards the Lord. God has never been limited because people considered themselves small or insignificant. God can do great things through us. Let’s do everything we can, no matter how small it may seem.