Sometimes I am tempted to think in terms of what the church ‘should’ do for its weaker members because of disability. The old legalist in me finds that line of thinking comfortable. You can measure what the church ‘should’ be doing.
But I received a good reminder yesterday from the pastor I referenced for my Desiring God blog post this week. He’s a godly man and I like him a great deal.
He reminded me that there’s something better than meeting a legal requirement to serve – the call to joy! Pastor Chris reminded me he doesn’t serve Kristina out of reluctant obligation, but out of the benefits he receives and likes, for himself and his church:
Kristina is an amazing example of how God takes the very things that we would see as weaknesses and makes them strengths. God has blessed me and the body of Christ through Kristina’s life. I can’t tell you how many people appreciate her smile and hug every Sunday.
I believe it; I’ve been in his church and seen Kristina work a room. She doesn’t care one bit about economic standing, physical ability, age, race or anything else when it comes to sharing her affections!
And it’s nice to see leaders understand that she may live with complicated disabilities, but she is all gift to the body of Christ, from God himself.
The same God who commands us to pursue our joy in him!