Summary: A Well Oiled Machine – unity – working with the whole – Christ as the head
The Body Beautiful
A Well Oiled Machine
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
It is God's purpose for all believer's
to work towards unity of the faith.
With many Christians,
and especially with evangelicals,
there has been a tendency to confuse faith and doctrine.
Faith is not doctrine,
but obedience to the Lord.
It is through faith that we are saved,
and not by correct teaching
(Eph. 2:8; James 1:22-25; 2:14-26; Heb. 3:12-19; Matt. 7:21-23).
With "unity of the Spirit"
there is room for diversity of beliefs & doctrines.
There can be unity in diversity
and diversity in unity.
Although differences of beliefs, doctrine, interpretation,
and opinion may be held
and expressed among believers,
they should be expressed in love and fellowship
with those who may differ.
This is the essence of true Biblical Christianity,
based upon the freedom that is in Christ,
as it was instituted in the very beginning.
We are all gifted differently. God did that on purpose.
He wants us to share our gifts with each other.
He wants us to concentrate on our own gifts
and learn to use them to the fullest.
I was sharing something
that God revealed to me the other day.
I was surprised that he didn't get as excited
about what I saw as I did.
It confused me at first,
but the more I meditated on it
the more excited I got.
It actually was a good thing
that he and I weren't both focusing on the same things.
God gave me more of a burden
for the Body of Christ.
He shows me many ways
that the Body is hindered.
He gives me insight for a reason.
My friend is gifted in different areas
as well as in some of the same areas.
he sometimes gets excited about things
that never occurred to me.
Through these differences,
We teach each other all the time.
If we all had the same gifts,
to the same extent as everyone else
it would be like everyone in the world being a doctor.
Who would fix cars?
Who would work in stores?
We need to embrace differences in people!
Let's concentrate on what God has given us.
Let's just hop on the train that God sends us
and go where it takes us!
John 17:23 (CEV)
I am one with them, and you are one with me, so that they may become completely one. Then this world's people will know that you sent me. They will know that you love my followers as much as you love me.
One of the reasons for unity
Is to be a witness to the world
Of the love of God
The world knows how hard it is to love some people
So when love is exhibited
By working together
In the spirit of unity
It shows the Love of God
In a way that is unmistakable
Don't serve God in the flesh.
Don't push yourself into a position
that is not within your calling.
Let God show you where He wants you.
He has placed you in the Body of Christ
and has given you the tools that you need.
God will put you together with others.
You will fit in nicely where He places you.
I've said it before, but it is worth repeating.
You are like a piece in a puzzle.
You fit together perfectly with others in the Body.
Other pieces will move in around you
and something beautiful will be the result.
Be open to what God would have you do.
If you aren't sure
then be preparing.
Prepare by reading the Word and by praying.
Keep seeking a closer relationship with God.
Allow the Word that you read
to become alive within you.
You are designed to be used in the Body.
Let God be your guide.
He will show you your portion.
Pursue that with everything within you.
Nehemiah chapter 3 is a beautiful picture
of what can be accomplished
when we humble ourselves
and work together with a common cause.
It is interesting to note
that in this list of people
who deserved honor for their selfless work,
Nehemiah includes a note
about some people who refused to work.
Look at verse 5…
The Tekoites got to work,
and accomplished a lot.
But the nobles refused to work.
Tekoa was a city about 11 miles away from Jerusalem.
These nobles didn’t want to make the trip,
maybe they thought they were too important
to do that kind of work,
maybe they were just scared.
These nobles not only refused to do any work,
they did not support the work of their masters.
What this means is
that they refused to submit to the authority of the leader there.