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Glorifying and Edifying the Body

November 19, 2010 by  
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This morning I was awakened by my phone making the “text received” alert. The text was from a woman that I respect and love and who is very weary right now. This woman was saying “goodbye” and proclaimed that she will see me in “glory”. We were able to communicate and God is giving her strength, but it saddens me so much when one of our brothers or sisters is downtrodden.

Many of you realize we are the Body of Christ. In being so, we each have unique gifting in the natural and in the spiritual. This gifting is to be used to further His Kingdom, to bring Him glory, and to edify His Body. Interestingly enough, this downtrodden woman of God has been a great encouragement to me and many others. As I prayed about how to respond to her, I felt led to remind her of her gifting and remind her to use her strongest gift…encouragement. I was reminded of Jesus as our Way Maker and was burdened to continue to intercede for this precious woman.

“Goodbye dear friend! Hello newfound glory in Christ Jesus. Take my hand and let’s walk as His children, trusting ourselves to Him. Let’s see how we can encourage and edify His Body this year. Let’s see what our Lord will do this year. We walk together, honey. I love you. We choose His path. Let’s consecrate ALL to Him. Don’t get weary on me; let’s fall in love with Jesus all over again, our peace and joy regained.

Let’s let Jesus be the Way Maker. Let’s rest in Him a moment then go back to battle. Let’s begin as worshippers of old—no fear, just purpose reckless abandon to Him. I’m praying for you, honey. I understand weariness, but we are a Body; when one is weak, another intercedes. I’m holding you up, my sister.”

We are one body with many members, we have different gifts and functions but we are still one Body. We are called to glorify God as we work together as one Body.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.

If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:1-21 NIV)

“We who are many form one body, and each member belongs to the others.” Let us encourage and enable, with a heart full of sincere love for one another this coming year. Let us keep our focus on Christ and the Kingdom of God.

We are “devoted to one another in brotherly love”. We “honor one another above ourselves”. We commit to “never be lacking in zeal” and to “keep our spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

We choose (yes, we choose) to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” It is our mission to “share with God’s people who are in need”. We purpose to “practice hospitality”.

We believe that we are called to “bless those who persecute” us.

We purpose to “rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony one with another, “not being proud or conceited, but being willing to associate with people of lowly position.”

It is our purpose to “not repay anyone evil for evil”. We are called to “be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody” as unto the Lord.

We choose to “live at peace with everyone”. In so doing, we will “not take revenge” but rather “leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay’”.

If our “enemy is hungry” we will feed him. If thirsty, we will give him something to drink.

As we passionately serve the Lord, we will “not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”.

In other words, we are called to encourage, strengthen, and build the Body of Christ according to the admonition and instruction we receive in the Word of God. And, in so doing, we will carry the message of the Good News of Jesus Christ to this lost and dying world.

This year, let us live the Word of God, love the Word of God, and minister the Word of God according to the gifts and talents we have been given, glorifying and edifying His Body.

As I was pondering all God was speaking to me this morning, I decided to strip my bed and wash my old sheets and launder new ones. I had to chuckle when I remembered being surprised the “King” sized pillow cases cost twice what the “standard” sized pillow cases cost. Perhaps it is the same way being a child of the King … at times we share in His sufferings. The Word does not promise us a stress free life. Quite the contrary, the Word lets us know we are in a battle. God gives us the weapons with which to fight; He set our path before us, and He gives us strength and comfort and one another. In Him is LIFE!! I choose King size, my brothers and sisters. And I am honored to walk hand in hand with you in all which may come our way.

Free by Echoing Angels

Walking down this road I see a path that still reminds me
Of everything that I have done before
And in my heart I know that I am sifting through the riddles
And I don’t ever want to be alone
I keep searching for the answers
I keep looking around for more

(Chorus)
Then I’m free
So break these chains that bind me
And strip away all that was there before
Now I’m free
Put all this pain behind me
I finally found what I was looking for

Morning comes and now I see my life is just beginning
I can’t wait for all there is to come
You became my passion, gave me something to believe in
Now I know my life has just begun
And I finally found the answer
To what I was looking for

(Chorus)

I keep walking down this dusty road
That I have made for myself
And no one else but me
And it took so long but now I’m found
You’re the only one who could ever save me
Thank God I’m free

Now I’m free
Put all this pain behind me
I finally found what I was looking for
Then I’m free
So break these chains that bind me
And strip away all that was there before

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