You’ve read him before, but here he is again. To round up a week with me traveling, Jim Foreman returns to Hardcore Christian Men. Thanks, Jim, I appreciate the commitment you show to men and to Christ.

My name is Jim Foreman and I am the Pastor of Sedley Baptist Church in Sedley Virginia (Sedley is a rural farm community in Southeastern Virginia).  I have been Pastor here for going on two years in July.  I have been married to Wendy who is an amazing woman for 19 years.  I have a daughter who is turning 16 in June and a son turning 9 in June (yes, June is a big month in our house).  I have been an Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor in a couple of churches, one in Pennsylvania and one Maryland and I worked in the counseling field for over 10 years before full time ministry. I was also a medic in the Virginia Army National Guard.  I have a blog called On the Brink of Something Large.   I love to hunt and fish with my son.  I love to joke and laugh with my daughter.  I love to spend time doing anything with my wife.  To find out more about me you can go here.

Uselessness in the Body

I have tumors – really and honestly – I have a whole host of them throughout my body.

Now these tumors are called lipomas.  You might wonder what a lipoma is so here is what WebMD has to say about them:

What is a lipoma?

A lipoma is a growth of fat cells in a thin, fibrous capsule usually found just below the skin. Lipomas are found most often on the torso, neck, upper thighs, upper arms, and armpits, but they can occur almost anywhere in the body. One or more lipomas may be present at the same time. Lipomas are the most common noncancerous soft tissue growth.

What causes a lipoma?

The cause of lipomas is not completely understood, but the tendency to develop them is inherited. A minor injury may trigger the growth. Being overweight does not cause lipomas.

I have probably 50 to 75 of them currently and I have them all over my arms, legs, neck, and now getting them on my chest.  I have had a number of them removed over the years because they have gotten too big and created problems like the one that was in the middle of my back and would rub every time I sat on a hard chair.

Now you might be wondering why in the world I am telling you about my lipomas.  Well before I answer that I want you to read this scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12 – 20   12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.   15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

We are all part of the body of Christ but what part of the body are we?  We see here in this Scripture that some of us are hands and some feet and some an ears.  All of us together make up the body of Christ.  So let me ask you this question: what part of the body are you?

As you think about that let me get back to the lipomas.  The lipomas I have are all a part of my body but they are totally useless to me.  The lipomas I have really serve no purpose but yet they are in my body.  Now I think you might be getting the point I am moving toward and that is that too many of us men are a part of the body of Christ but yet we are really serving no purpose in the body of Christ.  We show up to a Church service or we go to some sort of Christian event or fellowship but yet we really are not involved in the body of Christ.  We end up being useless and are just in the body.

Now what we need to see is that there is a real difference between us and lipomas.  The difference is that the lipomas will always be useless but men, you can make the choice to become something useful in the body of Christ right now.  All it takes is making the choice to become something useful for Christ.  Begin to make the connection by getting involved with a group of Hardcore Christian Men, or getting involved in Church, or getting connected with a fellowship of believers.  If you are not a useful part of the body make that choice and do it today.  Believe me when I say that groups, Churches, and fellowships need men to step up and lead.

So are you going to be a lipoma or are you going to be a hand or an ear or a foot?

Comments
  1. Well done as usual Jim. Love your analogy. I know we joke about being long lost brothers but sometimes I wonder if there is more to that. lol (not really but it is interesting). Here’ something: my third brother also has lipomas. Anyway, thanks for the good lesson. I do believe the church will move further ahead as a mighty army if men were to step up and take the lead in the Body.

  2. Tony Alicea says:

    I definitely don’t want to be a lipoma! I’d like to be His hands if I have any say in it.

  3. Moe says:

    Dude, great post. I thought you were going to say that you had hemangiomas. Those are also tumors in your skin that look like red beauty marks. I have a ton of them. In fact, I have a big one (blood filled) in my head. If I don’t remind my barber to avoid the little sucka, he’ll make me bleed.

    Now, to your point… I don’t want to be part of a body and not have no function whatsoever. I want to be any part of the body that functions in unity with the other parts of the body.

    Now, everybody knows you are the “abs” of the body. 🙂

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