People push buttons all the time. They push crosswalk buttons; they push elevator buttons and sometimes someone else’s buttons . . . but that is not for today’s blog.
They push, push, and push again with no idea of what happens in the unseen intricacies of the electro mechanical infrastructure or the continually revolving and meshing of busy, busy gears. Well, those inner workings are the designs of many engineers who created them to produce a specific defined result when those buttons are pushed.
So what has this to do with an OIM blog? Gooood question!!
OIM “buttons” are pushed every time a request is made for any OIM service. Those inner workings begin to go into action just as their “Designer” had intended them to function.
Those inner workings are the church, the body of believers fueled by the Holy Spirit to do just what they were created for. They are the gifts of the Spirit in action which Paul talked about in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12.
Not everyone understands what happens when an elevator button or a pedestrian crosswalk button is pressed, but they are appreciative of the results. It is the same with OIM. Some may understands that OIM receives food, clothes and other supplies through donations and they are grateful for their temporary needs being met.
However what may not be fully understood is the real power behind all of this and that is the Holy Spirit in action through His gifts to believers. Believers who are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27 NIV) and prepared for good works (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). Just as there are different functions in response to elevator and crosswalk buttons, so there are different Holy Spirit gifts for believers to function correctly in doing good works (Romans 12:6-8 & 1 Corinthians 12:27).
That God is working through OIM, as its “buttons” are pushed, is seen as the needs of street friends are being met.
That the Holy Spirit is working in OIM can be seen through the blessing of volunteers who come on a regular basis in response to the call to use their Holy Spirit gifts in serving others and that build up the church (1 Corinthians 14 :12 NIV).
May the Holy Spirit continue to equip you for even greater works.