We Are One
I have noticed one trend in particular lately, an increase in attacks on the Church. This of course comes as no surprise. The issue is, the attack is coming from within the body of Christ! I don’t know if you have ever done this, but I often google people or places that I’ve heard of but not really familiar with. It is no great revelation that google probably isn’t the best way to gather real information or for the sake of genuine research. However, it will give you a peak into what other people really think, both good and bad.
During a conversation with my husband, I wanted to show him a pastor that has become quite popular in the recent years. As I googled this pastor, all sorts of information began to pop up. Honestly, most of it negative. There were reports on the house this pastor owns, his net worth, and even how his teachings are false. In the past, my curiosity would often lead me to click on the information, however false, just to see what all the fuss was about. But that isn’t the case anymore. I was grieved. More grieved than I had ever been. My heart and soul were grieved in that as the body of Christ, we have stopped so low as to attack one another as if we are the enemy. How we have forgotten our purpose as the body of Jesus Christ!
After this, I began to pray, God what has your church been doing?! And He began to show me this picture of our physical body. This sort of attack from within the body of Christ would be comparable to an autoimmune response that takes place within our individual physical body when it is out of order. “Your body's immune system protects you from disease and infection. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake.” We were designed with a protective system that keeps out disease. But when our system is hijacked by dysfunction, it begins to break down and destroy itself as if it is an intruder. This dangerous process can break down the body down and even cause death. This is exactly what is happening within the body of Christ!
The Church has forgotten her purpose. She has begun searching for ways to destroy part of her own body instead of defending herself against the darkness that parades itself in the world around her. The Church is called to expand the Kingdom of God on this Earth, as it is in Heaven. Yet we have spent more time dividing within ourselves through denominations, doctrines, and rules we have made up. We have become so divided that only destruction can become the logical outcome. In Matthew 12:25 Jesus stated that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. Destruction within a whole will always breed destruction. But, this does not have to be the outcome of the body of Christ! The Church can turn from this inner destruction and focus on the mission of Christ.
Our mission is not to disprove pastors we disagree with. Our mission is not to spend time posting all over the internet all the churches we find to be false. We cannot call those works prophecy but what they are, evil works. All work that destroys, tears down, and divides is only done by one spirit, Satan himself (John 10:10). But, in that same verse, Jesus reminds us of something. In the midst of the destruction that our enemy brings, He has come to give us life! That is what we should not only long for in our own lives, but also in the life of the Church. We cannot become confused and treat the body of Christ as if it is a bunch of separate entities. Rather the body of Christ is just that, ONE body. We are called to maintain that body, in unity with God and with one another.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul reveals this very truth, there is only one body! “Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” (1 Corinthians 12:14-21)
It is time we begin to build the body as we are called to. We should not be picking apart the parts of the body of Christ like plastic surgeons remaking or changing what we don’t like. Rather, we are called to pray for the body of Christ. What affects one part, affects the whole. We are a whole body. One body. In unity with Christ. When we begin to open our eyes to this truth, the world around us will then recognize the love that they have been searching for within us. We will then be the light of the world. We will then be the salt of the Earth. We will then fulfill the mission of Christ. We will then be the body of Christ as He created us to be.
Do you know your purpose within the body of Christ? There is no lesser part. Each part serves a unique purpose, just as our own physical body. In my book In Pursuit of Purpose, we journey to find who we were created to be. It begins right at His feet. It begins in relationship with your Father in Heaven who loves you so much that He designed and crafted a plan for your life. You were created for purpose to be a part of His family, His body. I pray that you allow God to search your heart. That you step out bravely into His purpose and plans for you. That you become a catalyst of unity and not division. That you make peace and not destroy it. That you become all that God has called you to be with obedience and surrender. Through Him, we become one…
*You can find In Pursuit of Purpose on Amazon.com. It is available in both paperback and the Kindle e-book version.