The Church Series Pt. 10 (WARNING) Rated FG-7
The Disjointed Body
By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive. I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. (See 1 Corinthians 12:13-14)
For the last few months I have been hard at work trying to bring my body under submission. Not long ago I was forty pounds overweight. My mind would think of things for my body to do, but I could not get all the members functioning at the same time in the same direction. My body was disjointed, dysfunctional. Kind of like the Body of Christ operates today. The Body of Christ has become over weight and lazy, eating McSpiritual burgers, and salted down sermons holding their cups under sugared filled altars.
The major problems are doctrines that are shaky at best when lined up with the Word of God, immorality involving superficial spirituality among its members and social malice concerning cliques gathered around different preachers. The things we must be concerned about in this Christian era of immaturity are that we are more carnal than spiritual, and our disunity is more interested in spiritual gifts than fruit.
For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. So the body is not one part but many. 1 Corinthians 12:14
The immediate context of this verse is a three-chapter section concerning spiritual gifts. I Corinthians 12 deals with the varied gifts experienced in the body; I Corinthians 13 demonstrates that when exercised without love can damage the body; I Corinthians 14 outlines the more excellent way of using the gifts with love to build up the body. It’s a pity that the uninspired church has interrupted the flow of the Word, allowing readers to lick the jam of love out of its charismatic sandwich. Use of spiritual gifts has become an object of abuse in the assemblies. This is my underlying or over-riding concern; however is the unity of the body, without which the gifts are at beat useless toys or at worst dangerous weapons.
Many Christians enjoy the self proclaimed gift of speaking in tongue than to speaking to someone the street and telling them about Jesus. Many Christians enjoy the gift of healing rather than visiting the sick and shut-up. Many Christians enjoy the gifted title of pastor than they do about feeding and return the lost sheep to the fold. Many would rather manifest a gift of wisdom just to call someone else a fool.
Many pastors, ministers, prophets, bishops’ elders, etc…, whatever they are calling themselves today. Speak with the tongues of angels but, have no love.
Church has taught us to seek the gift and not the Giver of the gifts. We as the Body of Christ our eagerness to be the next great have diminished our ability to be whole and be united. I remember a lady on the prayer ministry; she was going through a few things. However, because she acted differently than the prayer warriors assumed she should they talked about her behind her back. They wanted her off the ministry, but no one had the where with all to say anything to her. Is that love? These people professed to have the gift to pray for people, but would rather talk about a person. DISJOINTED!
I remember one Sunday evening; I was sitting in the pulpit beside the big man chair in a visiting church. My pastor and I was sitting beside each other, we listen to the people talk about how they love their pastor because how he comes to see them when they are sick. One man told the story of how when his wife was dying, and he had not long joined the institution the pastor was right there when he called him. My pastor leaned over and said to me, this guy will never make it he is too involved with the people. Was his gift as a pastor not to see to the spiritual needs of the people? DISJOINTED!
But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
If the Body of Christ could learn to love the Perfect Church would rise and be a LIGHT unto this world.
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