Friday, March 15, 2013

knock it off

One thing that I am sure of is that being a part of the body of Christ is essential to our growth as Christians and people. Whenever you detach yourself for any length of time your health declines, but it also makes it so a part of the body is missing. If I were to cut my finger finger off I would have 2 choices I could just leave it behind get the closed up and just continue to move through life without the finger would I get by yes but I wouldn't be whole, and the finger would rot and die because it no lo ger has a connected source of life. My other choice would be to pick that finger up get to the hospital so a skilled surgeon can reattach it and hopefully have complete restoration with care and time.
One of the enemies tactics is to get us divided from the rest of the body. He tries to convince us that when we get our feelings hurt by another Christian or when we start feeling unworthy that we are better off detaching because we and them will be better off. Then once you are separated he's convinces you that you don't need to rejoin that you can do it on your own, but its a lie from the king of liars. If you stay detached you are no longer a part of the True Vine that is the source of life, you will eventually shrivel up and die.
Don't get me wrong sometimes being a part of the body isn't easy, you will get you feelings hurt people will say and do stupid things including the leaders in the body. We have a responsibility in how we react to those things and even in making sure we aren't setting unfair expectations on ourselves and others. We can only achieve fullness of life and Christ when we stay in relationship and build and encourage and love on one another.
So if you are detached trying to do it on your own knock it off and find a body to connect to so you can get healthy and enjoy the fullness of all God has for you. If you are in a body and you are judgmental and condenscending knock it off you aren't better than anyone else learn how to love better and be more full of grace helping to be restorers, so the body can be healthy again.
Hebrews 10:24-25 "And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up  (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing  (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you  see the day approaching."

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