Placed Where It Pleases Him
- Date: May 20, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him." (1 Corinthians 12:18)
- From Friends
Paul writes concerning the love that we have for one another and that it's to be unfeigned. It's to be to all men. And not only available to all men, but available equally to all men. Equally available, equal with intensity, and with an equal worth placed on every one of the members of the body of Christ. We need to come together and understand that none of us are our own, so we can't give ourselves to anybody beyond what the Head directs. We don't make commitments of our own volition any more than we project our will in any other areas of our lives. God wants to use the community and the body of Christ corporately so that we can have the same care one of another.
We realize that there are the multiple gifts within and among us that are to be used for edification of the body. One of the practical ways of understanding this is we may not spend the same amount of time with everybody, but everybody is to have the same worth in our eyes. And when everybody has the same worth in our eyes, we still have that liberty of associating with people with whom we have natural things in common, people that we have had as long-term friends. And we also understand that the Holy Spirit may move us, for awhile, away from some of these for the good of the body of Christ. If you're not able to make that kind of a move, then Jesus isn't Lord. He is the head of His body. You are not your own. Those that you have attached yourself to are not their own. We're bought with a price. The Lord places us "...in the body, as it hath pleased him" (I Corinthians 12:18). That doesn't just pertain to gifts, though that's a big part of it. But these gifts are more than utterances and revelations. These gifts are the care that we have for one another, the intimacy, the strengthening, the lifting up of hands, the speaking to edification, all of these things that are vital for us to be built up and edified so that God would have a temple to live in. For we, the Church, as well as we, the individual, are the temple of the Holy Ghost and it's very important. It says you had better take heed if you bring destruction, division to the temple of God or to the body of Christ. It will bring judgment upon you. So, as we have an intimate community here, we're talking about being relational without possessiveness.
These are a couple of practical things that we can apply and relate the biblical principles that we know relating to community and loving one another. We need to treasure the gifts that we have in one another. We thank God for the friendships that we have, but we don't become exclusive. We don't become separate. We do not become possessive. And we're always ready to be sent to the aid of anybody in the body of Christ to bring edification because we love all equally, because every one of them has the same value of the blood of Jesus.