Our family has been a part of many churches over the years, but there was a very unique time when a window opened for us to be part of a Messianic Jewish Congregation. What a Precious Time of Fellowship we enjoyed, as we were stretched to see Foundations to our Faith, and Unity in the Body in new ways.
One of our favorite musicians during this time was Marty Goetz, and when I came across this song recently, I felt such a stirring in my heart, because the Lord had been asking me to look at this very topic as it related to my Chronic Illness Journey:
As I have had such limitations placed on my physical abilities, I have found new meaning to the title, “Shut-in.” Most Sundays find me at home, unable to attend church, fighting against a sense of being cut-off. I have so much more compassion for those who are left on the fringes of the Church these days.
But, truthfully, where DOES my part fit in now, here in this quiet and secluded place? I have spent many days asking God this very question.
So when I flipped the page on my Scripture Calendar to see this passage, the Living Word gripped my heart yet again:
1 Samuel 30:24 (NIV) Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.”
What is the setting for this passage? David and his men had just fought a huge battle. So exhausting in fact, that as they prepared for the next siege, part of his men were too weary to fight any longer. Those 200 men stayed behind and were left to guard the gear, while the rest of the men continued on. After the batle was won, and the plunder was being divided, a group of disgruntled warriors suggested that the weary, left-behind soldiers should not have a share in the plunder.
This is when David responds, with what would amount to our saying, “No way is anyone gonna listen to you guys!” and proceeded to set a precedent that remained in place for all of his reign:
Those who were weary and had to stay behind, even if only to guard the supplies, were entitled to equal shares in the rewards.
How many times have we placed more value on those in the front-lines of service, the visible places of action? I know I have been in that place, out in front, but I’ve also been the quiet one behind the scene, serving when no one is aware.
But this place of staying behind because of weariness is a different way of serving, from my point of view. According to King David, I have a place of value HERE also.
Perhaps you are one of those left behind. Or maybe your loved one is that left behind shut-in. Lift up your gaze. We being many, are one in Christ. And there is much value still for those left behind ones.