Unity in the body. Jesus Prayed,” Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11). Jesus prayed for unity over his church to be one body, and the Holy Spirit is at the centered of God’s desire for unity of the body of Christ. It is the Holy Spirit’s presence in the Lord’s Supper that invites and brings the body together at one table. It was the death of Christ on the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead that all humanity that provided access to God and a restored relationship together with him. It is through Prevenient Grace, the seeking presence of the Holy Spirit that drawed us to Christ, led us into repentance of our sins and acceptance of Jesus Christ through faith that we entered the Kingdom of God and were adopted into the body of Christ. It is the Holy Spirit’s work and presence in our baptism that we are sealed and marked as part of the body of Christ and publicly declare to all our claim of entering into the body.
The complete plan of salvation has a world view. “God so loved the World…” (John 3:16) of creating a body of believers, his church. Through the working presence and power of the Holy Spirit. God did not design you for a “private” faith. The personalized faith of many in the church, ”I do not need to go to church, to be part of the body, but I can stay home and read the Bible and find God on my own.” Is a statement in direct contrast to the world view plan of salvation of God and the sending of the Holy Spirit to make us one body.
Our oneness as the body of Christ is a tangible example of the kingdom of God, his reign on the earth, and the Lordship of God. When those who claim to be Christians, part of the body forgo attending gatherings of the body; When various denominations are divided and speak descending against each other; When disputes break out in local churches among members; it is a sign to the world that we are not united, not a body, and those in outside look at this and disunity and say, if they cannot even be united, then there is no Holy Spirit present, God does not reign and Jesus is not Lord.
I ask you today to pray over the body. Pray through the presence of the Holy Spirit an increased yearning to gather together in prayer, sharing the Lord’s Supper, the reading of the Word, and testimonies of God. Pray over your participation in the body of Christ. If you are in Christ, but now find yourself absent from the body; for whatever reason you have isolated yourself from it, pray for conviction to re-engage. If you know someone who is a member of the body, but has been absent for awhile, take 60 seconds to shoot them a text or email and tell them they are missed. If you know somebody who is not part of the body, pray that the Holy Spirit gives you boldness to approach and invite into the body. And if you have never been adopted into the body through the Holy Spirit’s guidance into trust, repentance, acceptance, and faith in Jesus Christ, I pray you will be lead to make that decision today.
Read Ezekiel:11:17-20, Romans 12:3-10.;Acts 4:29-33; 1Cor. 12:12-14;or all of 1Cor. 12
And as a body please post the first names of those you know have not accepted yet the invitation into the body of Christ so we can pray over them. And post other thoughts or reflections below as a comment.
Much love to the body!