Posted by: tucsonjefe | March 11, 2009

The Body is Already United

“Don’t miss this opportunity!” I get them pretty regularly: letters, emails, and phone calls. They usually begin with some kind of statement such as “Join the movement to win our city” or “Come be part of what God is doing” or “Unite the body of Christ in our town.”  Each has some plan for preachers to get together and work on a joint project, event, or task force.  All sound like good ideas.  I usually spend a minute feeling guilty for being a backslidden separatist because I don’t want to go.  Then I remember that I am already part of a movement to win our city.  We refer to it as the Great Commission.  Our church is passionately involved in what God is doing: making disciples of Jesus in the manner and places He has directed us.   Can you imagine going to a church where they did not believe themselves to be involved in what God is doing?  God’s program is pretty clear: Preach, teach, heal, be a blessing.  Each local fellowship may have a different methodology and a different target audience, but the overall plan is that when each one does the part given them by the Head, the Master Project gets done.  When it comes to programs, I just have to say, if the Word and the Holy Spirit are inadequate to the task, then we are going to fail no matter what program we adopt.  Preach the Word, love the people, follow the Spirit and I’ll meet you at the finish line. 

Then there is the “uniting the Body of Christ” proposition. I have been exposed to those things since 1980, and I still have to plead inadequacy or ignorance.  Didn’t Paul say we are already one?  “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12)” God’s idea of unity is different from ours.  We tend to think that we all have to be the same to be unified.  That is not true.  We don’t even have to have contact to be unified.  (How often does your big toe fellowship with your shoulder blade?)  We are all one because we are In Him, following the direction of the Head for our particular responsibility in the Master Project.  We are united when we each do our part without demeaning the other or insisting that they be just like us.  My prayer is that each church, each pastor, and each Christian will fulfill their particular purpose.  If that entails them working with me, then praise the Lord.  If that entails them working with another church, then praise the Lord.  We are united by the Head.  I want to be as helpful as possible to the other parts of the Body.  If what I do can help you, then you are welcome to it.  Don’t, however, ask me to quit doing what I do in order to do what you do.  I am extremely busy doing what I know God has asked us to do as our part of the Project.  I spend all my energy doing it better, doing it more, and teaching others to do it. I encourage you to do the same, find out what your “it” is, and whatever your “it” is, do “it”!

Scripture Reading:  He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. (Ephesians 4:16 NLT)

Somebody Said:  The Secret of success is constancy of purpose.  Benjamin Disraeli

We can encourage one another, we can help one another, we can appreciate one another, but we ought never try to be one another.  God needs us both. 

vls

 

 

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  1. A month late, yes, but I wanted to give my appreciation for your calling. The work that you’ve done to help Diane and her sons shows a tremendous dedication to God’s work in your life. The activities that we all pursue, be-it acting, music, ministry, or solitude, are a purpose. To say this with respect for the work of others in our community, when your assistance is needed elsewhere, God will call you to that place. You’ve built an amazing ministry which has brought the love of Christ into more hearts than your mind can count.

    In Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life, he states amidst the chapters of fellowship that a nonbeliever is in our presence, always. When we speak, we speak to promote the love Jesus has given us and the love we give in return; when we act, we act to prove the devotion to God’s inherent love for all his creations; and when we stand, we stand as a pillar, a living testament to the beauty in the Trinity. Thank you for standing as a pure example of a wonderful relationship with God.


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