What a Great morning it is!! Welcome to todays fresh revelation of the word of God!!
We as believers are the BODY OF CHRIST
I woke up this morning with this phrase in my thoughts…
A light bulb is no good without a socket to put it in!!!!!
Wow, that goes right along with what the Lord has been speaking to me about needing Him and needing each other in the body of Christ. So much is flooding through my thoughts now…………… I was thinking about the word socket. The limbs of our body are connected by sockets!! Without those sockets, you wouldn’t be able to move your body parts!!!
Before going more indepth to this teaching on being connected in the body of christ, I believe I need to go to the word to make sure you are a part of the body of Christ…that you are connected with Christ himself first and formost.
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
In this scripture the Lord is telling us the importance of abiding in Him and He is us!! The first and foremost connection you need to have is the connection with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. In this verse it tells us without this connection your life with amount to NOTHING!! Each one of us has a purpose for our life and the only way to walk in that purpose and (bear the fruit) get the results from our lives that God planned for us to get, is to be connected with Christ!!!
When you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, you are saved. This is the MAJOR connection we must have in our lives. If you don’t have this connection you will not understand the importance of the other connections in your life as a part or member of the BODY of CHRIST. If you have not made this life changing decision, I ask that you consider it today, as your life will take on a whole new meaning and purpose as you give your life to Jesus Christ! Feel free to contact me at anytime if you want further information on this life changing decision…
Once you are a part of the body of Christ, that you have him as your Lord and Savior and he has YOU, there are other connections he wants you to have.
Lets go back to John 15
This is a wonderful chapter for you to read and meditate on.
1st, the Lord tells us to abide in Him, the allow Him to abide in us, then in vs 9 he tells us something else to abide in…
9I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love .
10If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love.
11I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.
12This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.
Because of God’s love for us , he sent his son Jesus to die for us! You can see this in John 3:16. Now in this verse above the Lord is asking us to walk in that same love!!! I believe in my heart that is is that Love that connects us to people. Wow, I’m seeing that it is actually HIS LOVE that is the socket where we need to be plugged in, it is the sockets that connects the members of the body of Christ together…. Lets go over to I Cor 12
12For just as the body is a unity and yet has many parts, and all the parts, though many, form one body, so it is with Christ .
13For by one [Holy] Spirit we were all, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, baptized into one body, and all made to drink of one [Holy] Spirit.
14For the body does not consist of one limb or organ but of many.
We as believers and even as churches or bodies of believers are the limbs and organs of the ONE BODY OF CHRIST. I believe this is so important for us to realize especially in these days that we are living in….
Lets look at this from a perspective where each Christ believing-church body is a limb or organ of the BODY of Christ… Each with a specific function and purpose of the body…. Just as the liver does not do the same function as the heart does, but they are both vitally neccessary for the life of the body.
So too, is it important for each group of believers to be doing what God has called them to do… We need to know our purpose as individual churches, but also know the importance of our other body parts in the BODY OF CHRIST.
Read the following verses with an open heart and open mind to allow the Spirit to speak to you. I believe that we are in the hour that the BODY OF CHRIST needs to realize we are one body and we need each other. We cannot do the work that is in front of us to do, if we are competing with each other as local churches, instead of complementing and completing each other as local churches……
15If the foot should say, Because I am not the hand, I do not belong to the body, would it be therefore not [a part] of the body?
16If the ear should say, Because I am not the eye, I do not belong to the body, would it be therefore not [a part] of the body?
17If the whole body were an eye, where [would be the sense of] hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where [would be the sense of] smell?
18But as it is, God has placed and arranged the limbs and organs in the body, each [particular one] of them, just as He wished and saw fit and with the best adaptation.
19But if [the whole] were all a single organ, where would the body be?
20And now there are [certainly] many limbs and organs, but a single body.
21And the eye is not able to say to the hand, I have no need of you, nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22But instead, there is [absolute] necessity for the parts of the body that are considered the more weak.
23And those [parts] of the body which we consider rather ignoble are [the very parts] which we invest with additional honor, and our unseemly parts and those unsuitable for exposure are treated with seemliness (modesty and decorum),
24Which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so adjusted (mingled, harmonized, and subtly proportioned the parts of) the whole body, giving the greater honor and richer endowment to the inferior parts which lack [apparent importance],
25So that there should be no division or discord or lack of adaptation [of the parts of the body to each other], but the members all alike should have a mutual interest in and care for one another.
26And if one member suffers, all the parts [share] the suffering; if one member is honored, all the members [share in] the enjoyment of it.
27Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body and [individually] you are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function].
As I bring this teaching to a close this morning, I want to go back to John15:12This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.
I believe with my whole heart that the socket that connects the members of the body of Christ together (all of the churches that believe in Christ as Lord and Savior, no matter what other traditions they may have) is LOVE.
If there is desension between Christian churches, it is because of the lack of love and therefore those joints cannot move because the socket is not lubricated with HIS LOVE!!!!
God bless you my friends, reach out in love to the churches in your area and lets all work together for HIS KINGDOM in LOVE!
For His Glory,
Pastor Carol Mora