When I began working on this study it felt like the Lord literally downloaded the outline into my spirit. I was writing it out as fast as I could, hoping not to forget or leave anything out. This segment on unity in the body was especially interesting to me. I love when the Lord shows me something new; something I’ve not heard taught before.
Over the past few years I have become very disillusioned with various so called ‘Christian groups’ on social media. It seems that rather than promoting unity many just want to debate. It is very disturbing to me to see the venom they spew at one another. I can’t imagine how it must grieve the Lord’s heart. Once, when I tried to address the issue, I was mocked and ridiculed and one response even read … “Oh no, did she just pull the WWJD card on us?” At that point I decided it was better to leave than become offended. My point in bringing this up is not to gain your sympathy … but rather to shed light on the impact such behavior can have on unbelievers.
“I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].” ~ John 13:34-35 (AMP)
According to this scripture the test of a true disciple is their love toward fellow believers. Unless our love for others outweighs that of the world how can we draw all men unto God? People are starving for authentic love! Do they see it in us?
On another note, unity comes when we know our place in the body. We can’t all be fingers or toes. God has given each of us a specific purpose. What role do various ‘spiritual body parts’ play? Could it be that …
- The Fingers…grasp and point/give direction
- The Toes…give us balance
- The Nose…sniffs out/discerns the truth
- The Mouth… speaks the Word
- The Eyes – see visions and dreams
- The Ears…Hear the Holy Spirit
- The Brain…Retains knowledge/memory (teachers)
- The Heart…pumps the life blood into the body (Pastors)
- The Nerves…revolve around feelings (Encouragers/Exhorters)
Use your imagination. What else can you come up with? Do you grumble to God about your part? If so, you might want to take the following scripture into consideration.
“Woe to him who strives with his Maker!—a worthless piece of broken pottery among other pieces equally worthless [and yet presuming to strive with his Maker]! Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, what do you think you are making? Or, Your work has no handles?” ~ Isaiah 45:9 (AMP)
Personal Revival will come when you bathe yourself in the love of the Father and learn to truly live the 1st commandment. National Revival, the next Great Awakening, will come when we, the body, learn to live the 2nd commandment.
One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ~ Matthew 22:35-41 (NIV)