Are You A Loose Body Part?

Are you a loose body part?  Hmm… let’s see:  Are you connected to Christ? 

I Cor. 12:13 says, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body”

Have you ever considered that God designed us to be “connected” to Him?  We were made in His image and His likeness, we are His handy-work and formed out of the clay by His loving hands, and, above all, we have air in our lungs and a heart beat in our chest because He breathed into us!  Even if we have physical life, our spirit is dead until we are made alive in Christ.  So, in reality, until we surrender our life to the Lordship of Christ and receive salvation, we are aimless, drifting body parts.  When we come to Christ it is as if we are being reunited, even if we had never been a Christian before. Why? Because our forefather, Adam, was connected then through sin got disconnected and in turn we all were born into this world disconnected from God.

This year I am challenging whosoever will to come to Christ and become connected to Him! 

There are many ways that we “remain in Him,” but the most simple way to say it is that we must remain “in love” with Him.  We do this by learning Christ, not just about Him.  You can learn many things about a person, but until you have spent time with them,  you can’t say you really know them.  We can fellowship and commune with God at all times but there is something special about Him receiving our “undivided” attention.  When we devote time to Him by reading His love letter, The Bible, reflecting on its truths, living its precepts and declaring its promises, we become more and more like Him. 

We become more “connected” to our God when we share our hearts and deepest needs with Him and then listen carefully to the voice of His Spirit.  This is called fellowship, this is called “connection”. Don’t go through life without a Savior, don’t go through life displaced from God, not when He has done so much to make you part of Himself.  Are you connected to God?

Once a person has been connected to God they have a mandate to connect with other believers, this is referred to in scripture as “The body of Christ” or “The Church”.  Many people today find it popular and trendy to say “I don’t need “organized” religion they give many excuses why the church is the last place they want to be.  But the reality is that if we know Christ then we have “believed” but we deceive ourselves if we think that we are not called to “belong “as well.  So why do we need to be “connected” to a body of believers?

1. Accountability

The word “saint” is mentioned in three verses in all of scripture but the word “saints” is mentioned almost one hundred times!  This tells me that God expects a believer to be with other believers.  This walk with Christ is at times very difficult the enemy is always there to tempt and discourage we need to be there for each other. “Two are better than one for they have a good reward for their labor, for if the one falls the other will lift him up, for if they fall the other will lift him up, but woe to him that is alone when he falls for has not another to lift him up.” Eccl. 4:9-10

2. Biblical Relationships

“By this shall all men know you are my disciples if you have love one to another” John 13:35.  Our testimony to the world as believers begins with our connection to other believers.  A believer is a part of the body so when they are disconnected they become a “freak” or abnormal thing. (When is the last time you saw a hand laying on the ground by itself?) Apart from other believers we cannot practice the over 32 “One anothers” of scripture.  One of those is to exhort or encourage one another. (Heb.10:25)

3. Gifts of the Spirit

God gave the gifts of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:7-11) to the church!  It is within His body that He chooses to manifest His presence and distribute His gifts.  When we chose to “go it alone” we miss out on the promise of Christ to be there in the “midst” of them. (Mat. 18:20)

I hope that none of us will choose to be “displaced” or “loose” body parts, I hope that if you have not already come to that place of a personal relationship with Christ that you would unite with Him today.  If you are already a Christian and you are not connected to a church and a small group I pray you would do that soon.  At LHC we have a beautiful family of believers to worship with and to encourage you, we also have several great small groups to connect with and to grow with.  Get connected! 

– Pastor Kevin