You can be on the team, but if you don’t know what position you play, how can you prepare?
1 Corinthians 12:14 – For the body is not one member, but many.
The topic I will be addressing for a number of days is NOT about a game. It is very serious. The issues we face in today’s world, dangerously infectious diseases, racial discord, highly divisive political unrest, international intrigue, religious controversy, abortion, lawlessness, and more are sad, dangerous, and most of the time, cruel to everyone involved in them. In reality, we are in a battlefield in our age. This is not a game. I use the term “End Game” to simply point to the truth that we are operating in the end times, or what many would call the last days of our present age.
In order to live victoriously and free from fear at this time in human history, we need a strong relationship with and strong faith in the One true God, represented in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. And for that relationship to be its strongest, and that faith to operate at its highest possible level so we can ultimately be clear winners of this “End Game,” each player needs to know his/her position. A game that requires a team CANNOT be played by one person. There MUST BE at least two players in the same team. And when, for the sake of this writing, we call the body of Christ a “team,” we MUST realize that the “team” of which we speak is comprised of hundreds of millions of human beings living in the earth.
The church “team” is called the “body of Christ.” Let’s compare the “body of Christ” to the body of one person, for in fact, it is. We are the “body of Christ.” The human body is comprised of approximately 30 trillion cells. (That’s 30,000,000,000,000.) While they all carry the same DNA, they do not all serve the same purpose. The body is comprised of bones with marrow, ligaments, tendons, muscles, organs, glands, skin, nails, teeth, nerves, brain, cartilage, and hair. Each of these elements of the human body is comprised of millions of cells. The cells in one element of the body will not, as a rule, function in other elements of the body. Surely, we are wonderfully and fearfully made. Each of us desperately need to know what our function(s) is/are. Unlike the natural human body in which God’s design places cells where they should be, you and I as member of His body, have a free choice in how we serve the body. We can choose to follow Holy Spirit and serve where we were designed to serve, or we can try to force our way into a position where we have not true fit, and by doing so, cause far more problems than our attempts to do right can fix. If we will each serve the body of Christ to our fullest, we MUST know the position for which Father has designed us. Holy Spirit will show you and make a place for you. Obey Him, get in the right place, and go to work at your highest level.
Manna for Today – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Ecclesiastes 1:8; Matthew 18:19-20; 1 Corinthians 1:10