The Story of Us
Just as our bodies have many parts
and each part has a special function,
so it is with Christ's body.
We are many parts of one body,
and we all belong to each other. Romans12:4-5
What does God expect us to do with it?
It is more than belonging to God, it is belonging to each other. I'm thinking about the church. The church model in the Book of Acts, the exhortation to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together in Hebrews, the picture of the human body as the church in Ephesians, 1Corinthians and Romans.
We all have this need for 'connectiveness', Christian or not. It is innate. But in the Christian church, Christ is the head, and we are each a specific body part, not independent of each other, or of the Head. So I am pondering, is this innate desire for belonging, connecting, being a part of something, connectiveness, somehow tied to the church body?
Do we as humans have this, in the essence of our being, put there by our Creator, as some kind of magnet that draws us together?
Are we becoming what our Creator intended when, as Christians we learn what part of the body we are and begin to 'do' our part? Is this the church that Christ died for? Did He give us, in His death and resurrection the power to live together in unity? Iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another. God did not intend for us to be alone. As imperfect as we are, and as hard as it is sometimes to get along with each other, there is a God given force within us that compels us to be a part of something, a part of each other. We must be diligent to preserve the unity and the bond of peace. We must direct our longing for connectiveness to God's people- to each other. Relating to one another and functioning as a human body does. Just think about that! How awesome is that?
To be His hands, His feet, His voice, His heart, as He lives in us and we live on this earth, with each other.
I have experienced immense fulfillment as an Encourager in the Body Of Christ. Finding my place, my job, my specific work has been totally awesome! I am still reaching out though, looking for that connectiveness in others. That longing to be a part of something is still there. I wonder if it is a gift from God, to bind us, to hold us, to draw us, to encourage us not to fall back, not to close ourselves off, but to press in, forward.
The realization is this, we need each other.
Satan is very clever and fully aware of this. I believe one of his greatest tactics is to distract us with meaningless 'belonging'. There are hundreds of opportunities out there for belonging. I've tried some and so have you. Here's the kick, only one can fill the deep longing for God. Somehow when we connect with brothers and sisters in Christ, God shows up. He begins to occupy an emptiness that no other 'belonging' can do. Do you know what I mean? How good and how pleasant it is for brothers (and sisters) to dwell together in unity. (Psalm133:1) It is awesome and powerful and nothing compares.
I want to encourage you to find your specific place in the Body of Christ, your spiritual gift. (Read 1Peter 4:10-11, Ephesians4:7-16, 1Corinthians12, Romans12) God has given each of us one or more gifts. They are for the building up of one another, for the edification of the church, which brings glory to God and draws unbelievers as they see our love for one another.
As each part does it's own special work,
it helps the other parts to grow,
so that the whole body is healthy
and growing and full of love.
Let God fill you, connect with other believers, become a part of the whole, use you voice, share, be actively involved, there are no insignificant parts to Christ's body. (read 1Corinthians12) We are all important. We all have value. We are all necessary. Find your worth in God's Body. Worth in anything else is false, a trick of Satan, and will never fill that emptiness.
You are worthy. Jesus Christ died for you.
That sums it up...............
Once more! Nothing will fill your need for love, acceptance, and belonging except God and God's people.
Let's glorify Him today!