Over that last few posts, I’ve been talking about the church as the body of Christ. Paul is describing it in his first letter to the Corinthian church.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27
Paul makes it clear in this sentence that we all have a part to play. It was never in God’s plan for a church member to sit on the sidelines and only attend church.
We live in a consumer driven society. We’re always on the lookout for what we can get out of any place we go to. It’s unfortunate that we carry that same mindset with us into the church.
In many cases, we don’t ask God where we should attend and what our contribution to the community should be. We shop around for the church with the preaching style, music, and services offered that we’re looking for.
Scripture is clear that God is the one who decides on our placement within the body. I can’t just say that I want to be a hand and place myself at the end of the arm. This explains why the body of Christ looks outlandish to the world right now.
Paul now goes on to explain the various functions of the members. I’ll take the time to describe each one.
And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
1 Corinthians 12:28-30
There are some things that you need to realize about this particular list. First of all, it has no relation to the list of the manifestations of the Spirit that we recently looked at. According to Scripture, the Holy Spirit wants to work all of them in all people as needed.
These are not manifestations, but specific tasks that are performed by believers within the body. These are functions of individuals as members of a local church ministry. We need all for these for a healthy, thriving congregation.
I believe that in these last days before the return of Christ, God will be restoring His church to what it should look like. That means that every member is in place doing what they’re called to do.
We need to be a people who are seeking to hear from God. We should be spending time in the presence of the Holy Spirit learning to hear His voice.
Only then will we see the body of Christ come together as it should. Only then will the world see Christ in all His glory, and be drawn to the cross.
That’s what we should be focusing on in this generation.
In my next post, I’ll begin taking a closer look at each of these local church ministries. Take the time to seek God concerning where you fit in if you haven’t already heard God’s call.
Question: What does the body of Christ look like to unbelievers right now?
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