In the last week, God began to show me some things. He has confirmed what He was showing me in a couple of unusual ways so I really feel I should share some of it. I will try to express His thoughts and heart to you in this blog.
Have you ever had some part of your body disjointed or seen someone that has experienced that? As an example, if the arm is out of the socket, it just hangs there but is not useful until it is put back in its’ proper position. It needs to be connected to the proper place in the body so it can function as God intended it to function.
Let’s apply this in a spiritual sense to the Body of Christ (the church-believers). Just as our physical bodies are designed to work in connection with all of the other parts, spiritually we are designed to function together in order to accomplish what God wants done on this earth. Each part of the body (physical and spiritual) has a special function and is important. We have many members but we have different functions. Romans 12:4-8 and I Corinthians 12:12-27 talks about that so I would encourage you to take some time to read and meditate on those passages.
I will give some personal experiences I have had in different “churches” I have seen throughout many years of my life. I use the term “churches” only because most people relate to that terminology when referring to a building that they go to at certain times to meet with other people BUT the church is NOT a building or denomination, it is the Body of Christ (believers)! I have seen what a disjointed body looks like and it is not good because the body is not functioning in alignment with all the members doing what they were designed to do with the full encouragement and support of the other members of the body. In many cases, it is disjointed! There are members who are separated (some by choice, others not by choice) and there are many who have never been encouraged or given the opportunity to function in what God has gifted them with and called them to do. I have seen people who think they are the head of the body (Jesus is the head!) and because of pride or jealousy will not allow members to function. Many “churches” are places where people go and are entertained by some good music and a certain person who stands up and speaks. After that, they go home and nothing was expected or required of them except their tithes and offerings. God has given each member a function and although giving money is great and we should give, He has called us for much more! He wants ALL of us and not just a little of our time on a certain day or our money. It may sound like I am bashing “churches” but I assure you that is NOT my intent at all. I am just trying to express what God desires and that is to have a body that is FULLY functional with ALL members doing their part. What gifts has God given you to share with the rest of His body? Are you able to function in those gifts? You may NEVER get encouraged to use your gifts in a “church” but find a place where you fit and can function in the Body of Christ. It may be in a hospital, nursing home, jail, or in a park or wherever God places you! We need to minister what God has given us to other members of His body and encourage one another to use our gifts. The Bible tells us to encourage one another daily. Are we doing what He called us to do? If His Body begins to function as GOD intended, it will be amazing what God can accomplish through us!