Christians, when you think about the “body of Christ”, what do you think of? I think of different denominations, different doctrines, different buildings. I sometimes think of Church splits, divisions, dissension. This is NOT how is should be. Under the banner of Christianity, we have turned the church into social cliques; with elites, wannabe’s, insiders and outsiders, the right and the wrong.
Christians, I challenge you in the days ahead – God will unite and purify His church, His bride before He returns. God gave me a glimpse of what the body of Christ should be like: The Ocean. If I stood by the gulf of Mexico, on the beach and scooped up a handful of water, there is NO WAY that I could tell you where that water came from. Many rivers flow, small ones feeding bigger ones, all working together to deliver their water to the ocean. The ocean is there, it is established, so is the body of Christ.
For over 2,000 years the Church has been in existence and the believers are like drops of water in the ocean. We need to be more fluid, more flexible, more movable in the body of Christ. This is by no means a license to accept immorality, or to adhere to false doctrine. We are talking about WATER, not OIL. Sin/Immorality is like oil and a few years back we had a first hand look at how badly the body of water can be affected by oil (reference: Gulf oil spill), so too is the body of Christ affected by sin.
The water from different rivers, if you analyzed it in a lab, is different. Depending on where it comes from, it carries trace minerals, might have a different taste, might even look a little different. Some rivers have been muddied up by religion and its difficult to see the pure water in them. As all the rivers mingle and move, the differences are diluted in the greater common denominator and they eventually empty into the ocean. In the ocean, religion sinks to the bottom, the different waters are SALTED up, and they all become part of the bigger picture.
The next time you find yourself around Christians who are slightly different than you, look past the differences in practice, doctrine, and tradition to the deeper common denominator: Jesus! As we talk about Jesus, our love for Him, what He has done in our lives, we begin to see the similarities instead of the differences and we are one step closer to becoming unified as the body of Christ. Jesus loves unity and if we are united under Him we can make a huge difference as the POWERFUL entity which is the Body of Christ, in Jesus name, Amen.
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from His love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:1-4 (NLT)
For I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgement. I Corinthians 1:10 (NASB)
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. Ephesians 4:1-4 (NLT)
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. Acts 4:32 (NIV)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2016