We are Many Members, but One Body (pt 2)

God has placed every member to fit as HE saw fit. 1 Corinthians 12:18

Is this really happening? Am I writing another Blog in such a short time?! Yes, it’s true. It really is taking place at this very moment.

It’s because I believe this message is a significant message.
It is too deep to fit into one blog (or a billion blogs for that matter)
It is stirring in me far too much to wait another month to post.

This is part 2 of "We are many members, but ONE body"

To reiterate what was said in the previous blog, it is the GREATEST honour of my life to be considered a part of the precious Body of Christ.

I am extremely encouraged when I walk into church and see the Church exalt the Head, who is Jesus Christ.

The Body of Christ as a whole is moving and accomplishing great things in the Name of Jesus.

Also as we read in the previous blog, Ephesians 5:27 says the Lord is coming back for a Glorious Church, without spot, wrinkle or blemish.

As wonderfully and far-reaching as the Church has been, it is always our duty to check ourself in the mirror of the Word of God. That is how we see what we are called to become, individually, and as a Body.

In our lives, whatever does not line up with what we see in God’s Holy Word is a spot, a blemish or a wrinkle.

But the truly awesome thing is this: we can be renewed. Those spots can be washed by the Water of the Word.

When we ask the Lord to search our hearts and search our actions, it is our responsibility to act on the things He has pointed out.

There is a spot (or sin) that has been trying to sneak its way into the Church.That spot is the ugly, horrible, (fill in more adjectives such as these), dirty little spot called Pride.

P R I D E .

Gross.

Just thinking about it makes me want to kick the devil’s butt.

{Anyone with me!? Let’s go!}

Even though it begins with the devil, and he continues to work with that sin, it is our choice to decide to yield to it or not.

1 Corinthians 13:4 says Love is not swelled up with Pride.

I don’t want the church to look like a Body with a swollen ankle.

A Church swollen and puffed up with pride.

I am not here to just point fingers and not take any of the responsibility or blame.

The only reason I am writing these things is because they are spots that the Lord has pointed out to me that I needed to deal with in my own life. And I don’t think I’m alone in this.

These are the sort of things the devil wants to put in God’s people’s thinking:

“Wow, look at me. Look at the revelation I’m walking in.”

“Wow, how can any one really live an exciting life while being a part of THAT denomination?”

Or

“Our “camp” has the greatest revelation.”

As believers, we are called to see people in different denominations as our Brothers and Sisters…not our competition.

I know a few things about having sisters and brothers. I have 4 of them.

First you have Rachel, my oldest sister.

She exemplifies the tenderness of God in a way that is rarely seen.

She is wise.

She is loving.

She is peaceful.

She is calm.

Then you have Lyndsey, the second in the list of siblings.

Lyndsey rocks.

When I think of Lyndsey, I think of STRENGTH.

I think of Immovability.

I think of someone who is Genuine.

I think of Passion.

(And when I think of her, I laugh, because she is absolutely hilarious)

And I LOVE her for that.

And then you’ve got Max, my younger (but taller) brother.

How do I describe Max Alan Kutz?

Well, to know him is to love him.

Sometimes I think we are a lot a like. But my mom tells me otherwise.
Maybe I just want to be like Max.

He is funny.

He is a worshipper.

He has a heart like David’s…

He is Valiant.

He is Loyal.

He is one of the most caring, loving people I know.

And then you’ve got Emily, who is at the whopping age of almost 4 months old.

She’s just too cute and sweet to describe.

She sleeps a lot.

She's cute.

And shes UBER sweet.

and I am her favorite sister (just kidding)

If you know us four personally, you know what I am about to say is completely true: We are ALL completely different.

I have never heard, “Wow, Jenny…you and Rachel are so much alike.”

Or, “Sometimes I can’t tell the difference between you and Lyndsey. You’re identical!”

(I have heard that Max and I are a lot a like…I’m ok with that! But once again, my mom says we are different. Moms always know.)

As brothers and sisters, we are different. We have similarities, but our personalities are like night and day.

Does that mean that I am right, and my siblings are wrong?

No.

We are just different.

But we all have one common thread…Our  beautiful, stunning, most amazing Mother.

We exemplify different characteristics of the one whose image we were created.

In the Body of Christ, we all have a common thread.

And that is our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

We exemplify different characteristis of the One whose image we were created. (God the Father)

The Baptists love Jesus.
The Methodists love Jesus.
The Word of Faithers love Jesus.
The Catholics love Jesus.
The Lutherans love Jesus.
The Church of Christ loves Jesus.
The Assemblies of God love Jesus.
The Non-denominationals love Jesus.
The Presbyterians love Jesus.
The (insert any that apply that I missed) love Jesus.

Of course it all comes down to the individual lives if they have accepted Jesus as their Lord and their Saviour.

Just as I have the opportunity to continually learn from Rachel, Lyndsey, Max and even Emily, we have the opportunity to learn from different parts of the Body.

We all have differences.

But we are still Brothers and Sisters. Not competitors.

Pride says “What I think is always right.” Humility says “There may be a better way to look at this.” (Or even if you are right you could say, “They may not have the revelation of that characteristic of God yet. I should pray that the eyes of their understanding is enlightened.)

Pride says, “My camp has the best things to offer”. Humility says, “I acknowledge the gifts placed in other Believers.”

Pride judges and persecutes the other believers (or churches). Humility Loves, supports and stands with them.

Pride sees the differences. Humility sees our Common Thread: Jesus Christ.

Let the Word of God iron out the wrinkle of pride.

Meditate on scriptures on Humility:

Matthew 23:12 - For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Proverbs 16:19 - Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

James 4:6 - But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

Proverbs 29:23- A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Matthew 5:5 - Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Friends, we are not there yet…but we are closer than we have ever been.

He is calling for us to daily put on humility as a garment.

He is calling on us to see the other members of the Body as valid.

If you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, then you are my brother or sister and you are as much of a part of the Body of Christ as I am.

Yes, it is true.. we are completely different, but isn’t that the beauty of it all?

You are loved by me and Jesus-
j