Friday, June 10, 2011

Is It Just Me and God?

1Co 12:14-19  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.   And if they were all one member, where were the body?

In many ways, that’s one of the most powerful passages in the Bible.  God makes a lot of things very clear in this chapter.  I got thinking about this last night, after a discussion in one of my Blackberry Messaging Groups.  But it was also on my heart from the fact that our church has its annual International Convention.  People from all over the world gathering here in Baltimore, including missionaries and pastors, all fellowshipping with each other, sharing spiritual riches together and with each other.  And I’ve never gone away from a convention without a personal conversation giving me something I truly needed for my present walk with God.  Something I might never have gotten, otherwise.  And this chapter explains that.

There are times when we’re going to be walking with God by ourselves, just us and Him.  But God never intended that to be the only way we experience Him.  Our capacity to understand, to take in information is limited, finite.  God, on the other hand, is infinite, omni pretty much everything.  Beyond our small capacities to deal with and understand.  But He can use each of us, saved and unsaved alike, to bless and teach His Body.  In increments our miniscule capacities can handle.  And, yes, this is one of those times when Romans 8:28 comes into full play.  Not only was that spiritually rich conversation for my sake, but so was the person who couldn’t stop interrupting a personal or spiritually enriching conversation.  The person who sympathizes with your need and the person who irritates you no end.  All there to expand different aspects of our capacity to be more like Him.

Which means that every time we blame a brother or sister in Christ for some ill in our life, we’re really blaming Christ.  No matter what, we all need each other.  One portion of the Body cutting itself off from another is like you or I deciding we don’t need a left arm because we’re right handed and can cut the arm off.  There are still things we can do with one hand, but we’re missing all the benefits of what can be done with both hands in place.  So, as the prayer arm of God, we’re still lifting up Jimmy & Betty, Curtis, Peggy, Joyce, and Libby.  And their families.  And please add Jo Ann to the prayer family.

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