(Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 12-26; Amos 3:3)

paper-graphic_15-021114-ykwv1In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul painted a unique and clear picture to a divided church that no member of the Body of Christ would be able to function successfully independent of its fellow members. We, the 21st century church have fallen victim to the same faults as the 1st century church in Corinth. They possessed a “me first, self-centered” ideology that robbed them of their ability to see the bigger picture of the church and fully maximize their God-given potential! Here was a church full of the Gifts of the Spirit, destined to become a powerful reflection of who Christ was in the earth. They were rich in gifts, but poverty stricken in their understanding of how to use those gifts to bring the Body together. Many have gifts in the church, but few know how to use their gifts to bring the Body together for the greater good and work of God’s Kingdom! Unfortunately, we have become overly concerned with titles, membership numbers, and being a (mega church); until we have lost the focus of what the church is and what the church is supposed to be doing.

“Unite” means: to put or come together to form a single unit; to become one; to join in action. Society has a cliché that says, “united we stand, divided we fall,” but it’s almost hurtful to think that we don’t bring that same mindset into the Kingdom of God! Scripture poses a question that asks us, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” The answer is no, and that is part of the problem. We don’t have to be exactly the same to agree, but like the “hand” and the “foot”, they are two totally different members with two totally different purposes, yet, they are connected to the same body working towards the same goal. I have yet to see my “foot” attempt to disfellowship my “hand” because my hand was different. Somehow my “foot” understands that there are certain things my “hand” does that my “foot” was never designed to do, therefore, both are necessary. My brothers and sisters, we must stop working “against” each other and start helping each other! We have to come to the place where we are sincerely happy for our neighbor and not secretly coveting their stuff, what God is doing in their life, or allowing our personal jealousies and prejudices drive a wedge between us. May we all mature individually so that the Body can come together and move forward as ONE cohesive unit!