“Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT
The bible states over and over again that we, Christians, are the body of Christ. The body of Christ, that’s kind of a weird analogy. But lets really take a look at this. Like a body, we Christians all have a purpose. We were all created to have a function on this earth that will help the church. We each have a calling in this life that will further God’s kingdom.
Now, like a human body, not every part of the body of Christ is as glamorous as others, (nobody wants to be the colon…) but they are each one just as important as the others. The bible says, “But God made our bodies with many parts, and he has put each part just where he wants it.” 1 Corinthians 12:18 NLT. I know a lot of us would love to be the fiery preacher on stage, when in fact God may be calling us to drive the church bus full of seniors to pick apples. But we must not look down on these parts of the body, or feel bad when we are not called to be the “glamorous” parts of the body. Each part is essential for a healthy body. “In fact, some of the parts that seem the weakest and least important are really the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect from the eyes of others those parts that should not be seen, while other parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally.” 1 Corinthians 12:22-24 NLT.
The problem that we run into today in the church is that a lot of Christians are simply not functioning the way God intended. It doesn’t work very well when your hand tries to act like a foot! We can’t pick and choose what part of the body we want to be, rather we must step into what God has called us to be. So how do we know what God has called us to be? How do we know if we are a foot, or a hand, or an eye? Well, to put it simply, you jump in! Start serving, start volunteering, see where your talents are. Try to pick up a cup with your ear or write with your feet, you’ll soon realize what and where your calling is. Some are called to be greeters, some worship leaders, and others are called to full time ministry. My point is to get out there and try! The church is always in need of more volunteers. Who knows, you may just be the next mouth of the church….or possibly the colon.
I grew up hearing about how God “spoke” to people. I would hear someone say something like, “I just felt the Lord speaking to my heart.” I never understood what that meant until recently. I always thought to myself, “You felt Him speak to you? How do you feel speech?” I just couldn’t understand what they were talking about, until now. For me the first time I truly felt the Lord was at a service up in Table Rock, SC. It was an outside service in the mountains, it was beautiful. I just felt something telling me to go to the alter call, so instead of ignoring that “feeling” I got up, went to the front, and prayed. I prayed harder that day in just a few short minutes than I have ever before, but I still hadn’t accepted Christ as my savior. A short while later I had finally agreed to start going to church with my wife. In a service that I wasn’t even paying attention to, is the second time I felt the Lord speaking to me, telling me it was time. That night I gave my life to God. Since then I honestly feel like I can hear God speaking to me all the time. After I got saved, I started praying. I started praying that God would reveal Himself to me. I prayed that I would know God’s will for my life. I prayed that God would tell me what to do with self. I prayed that same prayer this morning before I got out of bed. And when I got up I started reading my bible. I did my normal bible study while my son ate breakfast and watched morning cartoons, then I started flipping around my bible. I came to a verse that I had already highlighted a while back and it stopped me in my tracks. Acts 26:16 NKJV, “But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will reveal to you.” What most of you probably don’t know is that I have been trying to figure out what my next step is in life. Should I go back to school or should I just start looking for some kind of a job. I’ve been praying that God would lead me somewhere, that he would open some kind of a door for me. Ask and you shall receive, right? Well, this morning I feel like He revealed to me not just my purpose but what my goal in life should be also. Acts 26:18 NKJV, “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” I’m still looking for a job or more preferably, a career, but God showed me what my purpose was this morning.
I always thought that John the Baptist was awesome. Mark 1:6 NKJV says, “Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.” That’s awesome. I always picture him as a Phil Robertson kinda guy. But the more I read about Paul, the more I’m really starting to like this guy. He started out persecuting Christians and trying to destroy God’s church, and ended up writing a good bit of the New Testament. I just started the book of Galatians and Paul is writing a letter to the churches of Galatia. In the first chapter he basically calls them out for their lack of faith. Galatians 1:6 NKJV, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,” Now I’m still pretty new in my walk with God, but I hope and pray that I stay on fire for Him like I am right now till the day I get called home. I know exactly what Paul is talking about here though. Sadly you see this all the time in the church, someone will give their life to God, be on fire for a while, and then slowly that fire will start to die down. After a while, that person stops coming to church and is right back where they were before, lost. Living a Godly life is not easy. And sadly, we Christians are one of the big reasons for that. Church is the one place where you should be able to feel truly safe. A place where you can let your guard down, and really put it all out there. Galatians 6:1-2 NKJV, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” If you were struggling with something, do you feel like you could approach someone at church an spill the beans? You should. What if it was something like pornography addiction? Would you be able to tell someone without fear of judgment or embarrassment? The bible clearly states that we should bear one another’s burdens, we have to be able to rely on each other for spiritual support. I leave you today with one final verse in hopes of encouraging you to stay on the straight and narrow path, fighting the good fight. Galatians 6:9-10 NKJV, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”