Author: Sarah Rexford
There is a common misconception that we have to focus on one aspect of humanity – either the body, or the soul.
We are called to impact the people God has created and more often than not, we focus on impacting in a specific way. This is a positive thing as we are all parts of the body of Jesus Christ and we all have specific roles to play.
However, as part of the body we are also called to work together, not ignoring one part while overly focusing on another.
Together we can make all the difference as we focus on impacting people spiritually as well as physically.
As in the case with a girl named Kadiatou from Mali… She grew up without the ability to walk properly because of an issue with her ankle. Walking normally was not a possibility for her until she went to the Women and Children’s Hospital for surgery.
Physically, Kadiatou’s life was completely changed through surgery. For thirteen years she had struggled to walk and after surgery she was able to live a physically normal life.
But spiritually, her life was also transformed.
Just one day before leaving the hospital Kadiatou accepted the gift of salvation from Jesus and left walking into a new life physically and spiritually.
This is just one example of the body of Christ letting Jesus work to restore humanity.
If Kadiatou had left the hospital able to walk her life would have been completely changed in a marvelous way.
But her eternity would have remained unaffected.
Spiritually she would have been in the exact same place walking out of the hospital as she had been walking in.
Spiritual change is the goal. Sometimes to get to the goal we also have the opportunity to impact physically.
This causes us all to work together, allowing us to grow as we help others.
Jesus calls us to help those who cannot help themselves. Sometimes bringing aid begins with the physical, eventually leading to the spiritual, and resulting in eternal, lasting, change.