FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED: FREELY GIVE


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.”