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One of the most important messages I’ll ever preach!

One of the most difficult for many you to hear.

It’s gonna the most difficult to hear because it’s difficult to believe.

You are INVALUABLE.

Say It…

Write it Down…
I am INVALUABLE.

Invaluable:

  • Doesn’t mean NOT Valuable… its the opposite.
  • You are uniquely valuable to God.
    • Indispensable
    • Beyond estimation
    • Not replaceable

You are invaluable because you are you.

You are invaluable because you are a child of God.

Jesus told a story in Luke about a shepherd who has 100 sheep and he loses ONE of them. Just ONE wandered away, and the shepherd so much loved that ONE sheep,That sheep was so important, so valuable that he left all the other sheep to go find the ONE sheep.

Imagine you lose a kid…

…Meh… I have 3 others.

You are not just valuable to God because you are you.

You are also valuable because you were created for a purpose.

You were created to make a difference in God’s church as God’s church.

The reason this message is so difficult for so many people to believe is because when we look at church and we look at everything everybody else does, we often feel like we are really not…

  • good enough,
  • or talented enough,
  • or spiritual enough,
  • or smart enough to make a difference.

The quickest way to kill something special, is to compare it to something else.

They quote scripture in their prayers,

Their family has it together,

They are so talented…

The lie that so many of us believe is…

If I weren’t here, it wouldn’t really matter that much.

(BWT… Who does that sound like? Your Heavenly Father? Or Satan?)

My prayer is that you will see that you are INVALUABLE to God’s work.

You are uniquely prepared with divine gifts, passions, talents, put here in this time in history because it’s the opportunity for you to bring the most glory to God and be a part of his work.

1. You are invaluable to God.

“I am invaluable to God.”

2. You are invaluable to God’swork.

“I am invaluable to God’s work.”

Transition
I want to show you a picture, a metaphor from the Apostle Paul in the New Testament about this very idea…

Paul is talking to the Corinthians, they would have felt like many of us, not born of noble birth, slaves, not highly educated, not Jewish, it would’ve been easy for them to think God would rather use others…

Paul gave them this metaphor and he compared the Church - or the people of God - to the human body.

1 Cor. 12:12 NLT

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up onewholebody. So it is with the body of Christ.

I’ll explain it to you this way…

We are going to play a game for fun…

Groups of animals…

  • Elephants… Herd
  • Lions… Pride
  • Donkeys… Careful!… Pace.
  • Alligators… Congregation
  • Vultures… Committee
  • Baboons… Congress

Each animal on its own has one name, but when you get a group of animals together, they take on a new identity. Let that sink in.

A singular animal by itself goes by one name, however when it is in a group it has another name.

What do you call a person that is submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ?…

  • Christian, Disciple, Believer, Follower of Jesus,

What, then, do you call a group of Christians, gather together to worship God, empowered by spirit, to make a difference in this world?…

  • The Church or the Body of Christ.

On your own you are just a disciple, but when you gathered together with other Spirit filled believers you are his body...

  • You are his hands when you serve people,
  • You are his feet when you bring the gospel to those who don’t know it, You are his mouth when you encourage others and speak life,
  • You are his heart when you love others, especially those who are hurting.

Jesus didn’t say a singular Christian would change the world on their own.

He did say that Church - a bunch of Christians untied - would be so powerful that the gates of hell could not stand against it.

You are an invaluable part of the body of Christ.

You are in valuable to God.

And you are invaluable to his work.

Every PART of the BODY matters.

1 Cor. 12:14-17 NLT

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot

says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not

make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of

the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of

the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if

your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

Every Part of the body MATTERS.

I like the way Paul contrasted the ear to the eye

If you are the ear, you might get jealous of the eye…

Think about how much attention the eye gets…

  • Disagreement… Ear to Ear
  • Glared longingly into someone’s ear
  • They Hills Have Ears
  • Beauty is in the Ear of the Beholder
  • Stars in my Ears
  • You are the Apple of my Ear
    • The ear could so easily say, “I’m not that important.”

Every Part of the body MATTERS.

Your part, your role, your voice, your gift, it all matters.

1 Cor 12:22, 27 NLT

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important

are actually the most necessary...

27 All of you together are Christ’s body,

and each of you is a part of it.

Your role matters to the world and the Body of Christ.

Pinky… 50% of your hand strength comes from this.

Armpit Hair… Defuses natural smell to attract a mate.

Often the parts that are the least visible or seem like the least important are actually most important.

Just because what you do is not visible, does not mean it’s not important.

Just because what you do is not seen by or others don’t know about it, doesn’t mean it’s not important to God, and all kinds of other people as well.

Invisible prayer warrior.

Loving inviter.

Help someone feel loved.

May not be visible.

So often the parts are the most important are the least visible so they are the least celebrated.

Your Organs… Spleen, Kidney

Real Life Example…

  • Gideon

Other people may not know what your does.

They may not ever know that you prayed for them.

You may not ever know what your investment on a Wednesday night at Movement or your investment into ONE of our amazing children at Cape Kids or Cape Junior does.

You may not evert know how your wave, hello, and smile, made someone searching for God and a community feel welcomed and safe here where they would eventually open their heart up to God because you loved their fears and walls down.

You invited someone to sit with you.

You invited someone to lunch on their first visit.

You are invaluable to the work of God.

First… intrinsically, because you are a child of God.

Second… practically, because you have talents and gifts.

  • And you are a part of the body of Christ.

Our church is incomplete without your contribution.

Example of an injury or sleeping on your hand or arm and it falls asleep.

The arm is part of the body, but if its asleep its essentially paralyzed, dormant, useless

You are a part of the Body of Christ, but if you aren’t using the gifts that God has given you, you’ve gone to sleep… and that part of the Body is useless.

Wake up!

You are unique.

You are invaluable.

What happens when one part of the body can’t function or doesn’t function correctly?

The rest of the body has to work harder.

  • Example out of rehab or overcompensation.

Church is not a building we go to. It’s not an institution we are part of.

We are a living body of Christ.

We are the church.

We don’t go to church, we are the church.

We don’t go to church to meet our needs, we are the church and we exist to meet needs of others all over the world.

And when it’s done right, it’s both/and.

You are an invaluable part of the body of Christ.

Reasons we think God can’t use us…

Many of us think that our past disqualifies us from being used by God. The truth is, often, your past prepares you for what God wants to do through you.

If you know the grace of Jesus, and you are prepared to love people, you are prepared to be a part of God’s body.

  • Love God.
  • Love People.

What do you think could happen if every part of the body and engaged in ministry?

What do you think could happen in our city and our community if every part of this church engaged in God’s calling in ministry in their lives?

Your presence matters to God.

If you have a family night, and one of the kids doesn’t show up, it’s incomplete.

  • Cousin Weekend

You are a part of his body.

You are a part of his family.

You are invaluable.

Your story matters. Your talent matters. Your gifts matter.

What do you think would be possible if every single one of us stepped up to do what we were uniquely created to do?

I can tell you what we’ve done with a few people… Highlights from Cape Christian‘s history. Park, basketball court, serve day, summer jam, feeding orphans in Haiti, a real welcoming environment each weekend, a safe place to come explore faith,

“…which leads to stories like this…”

Real Life Story?

If you’re not here we miss you…

I don’t have your place in your friend’s life.

I don’t know who you know.

I don’t go where you go.

Only 8 pastors

Only 40 staff.

This takes everyone.

You’re invited.

You’re invaluable.

Every time you give, every time you pray, every time you gather, every time you serve, it may not feel like anything happens, changes, or matters. But you have no idea…

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