My dear brothers and sisters in Christ. We are all one body.

“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!'” (1 Corinthians 12:21)

So what happens when the eye doesn’t know that it’s the eye? What happens when the foot doesn’t know how to step forward?

I prepared to minister at Victory Christian Center in Terra Haute, Indiana on March 16th. As I spoke with the pastor before service, a young girl walked by me and I just knew there was artistic talents God wanted to draw out of her. As I began my drawing God showed me that I would not be completing the image in one go like I usually do. When I stepped away from the drawing, I was uneasy knowing it wasn’t quite right yet. As I worshiped, I felt a strong tug on my heart to pull one of the young people up with me and allow them to finish the drawing. In prayer before service I prayed for God to touch the youth crying, “God, let me be love to them!” I stood up from the altar and walked to the back of the room scanning the teenagers. When I saw the girl I noticed before service, I sat next to her and asked, “Do you like to draw?” She smiled and said a simple, “Yes”. That was all I needed. I grabbed her hand and pulled her up on the platform. I put a piece of red chalk in her hand and I told her that I wanted her to draw flames off the back of the wings. She was nervous so I showed her a simple way to make a flame and she did an amazing job. When we finished the flames I asked her, “Is there anything you see that is missing from the drawing?” I knew something was missing, I just couldn’t put my finger on it. She shyly said, “I can’t think of anything.”  I didn’t want to pressure her so I decided to pray and encourage her. We stepped off the platform and a few moments later it dawned on me. “I know what’s missing!”, I told her as I grabbed her hand again to pull her up. “You need to sign your name!” So I handed her a piece of chalk to sign it right next to mine.

A signature is a powerful thing. It’s a seal. In this case God used a recognized artist like me to acknowledge another who needed encouragement. Now her artwork will be seen around the world and God will develop her gift because someone told her, “You can do this.”

“…Freely you have received: freely give” (Matthew 10:8)

Have you ever held onto a gift or a talent from God to build yourself up?  God intended for you to build others up. You have to release what God has given you into others because you will be held accountable. Don’t quench what God is doing in another to make sure that you are seen as the “expert” on teaching, preaching, prophesying, or healing. You need to be able to say, “You will be even greater than me.” Jesus himself said, “You will do greater things than me.”You do not have ownership over what the Lord has given you. It is all His and He gives EVERYTHING back to His children. If you are a teacher you must teach. But please don’t forget to pull close to you disciples you can guide so the work that God started in you will spread beyond yourself and edify the whole body. Must we reinvent the wheel over and over again? We need you desperately teachers! If you are gifted in supernatural healing, don’t hold onto that gift, deeming yourself better than others.  The gift you have was free out of God’s mercy. It wasn’t given to you because you are better than others. You are in fact counted lower because you are designed to be a servant and to put others before yourself. You must heal others but you must also teach others how to operate in this gift. This goes the same for words of knowledge,prophesies, and various other supernatural gifting. The spirit is poured out on all flesh so that we may all move into the things of the spirit. Every believer can prophesy. So prophets teach the little ones how to prophesy. One of the greatest dangers in the body is when we begin to count some as “more important” than others. But we are a body. If we never allow the mouth to speak because we think the eyes are the most important, then the body suffers.

These young ones are especially important to grab a hold of and begin encouraging them in their part. BECAUSE YOU NEED THEM. I don’t think you heard me so I’ll say that again…you NEED them! Right now! As children! It may be great that you built an influential ministry that touched many lives. But when you finally breathe your last and stand before God I think He may say, “What about the generations after you? I taught you so much but you never saw the bigger picture. You could have had influence for another 200 years after your death if you had only brought the children along with you as you went. They would have carried the flame for you.”

Brothers and sisters we have to look different than the world. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” (Mat