Tags

, , , , , , , , , ,

Last time we ended with the question of how we receive the power of God in Christ.  In verses 22 and 23, Paul answers that question.  God has given all power to Christ and Christ’s body on earth is the church.  We are “the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

This is a theme that is repeated throughout the New Testament.  We are reminded that every member of the body is different and all members are important.  We are not all eyes.  We are not all hands.  We are not all feet.  Feet and hands are without power, virtually useless, without eyes to direct them.  One eye loses perspective.  It takes 2 eyes to judge distance so that the hands and feet can operate correctly.

Yet often we expect to receive power sitting alone in our place of devotions.  That’s not what we should expect.  In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit comes upon the followers when they are gathered together.  Similarly, we learn in Acts 19, that the church at Ephesus received the Holy Spirit when they were gathered together.  We should be expecting to receive power as a church, not as individuals.  In fact we receive our fullness in Christ as part of the church.

Interior of St. Thomas

where 2 or 3 are gathered –

So what does this imply about how we should view church membership?  So many people today have a consumer mentality regarding church.  They look for a church that satisfies their needs and if something causes them to feel that their needs are not being met, they simply look for a different church.  It’s an attitude founded in our consumer society.  Sadly, it is also an attitude of our society that the church has accommodated with a message that it’s all about them.  I love contemporary Christian music, but so many of these songs carry that message, as does much of the preaching we hear.

The book of Job has so much to teach us on this.  It’s message is clear.  We serve God.  God loves us, but WE SERVE HIM.  The church serves him.  We serve him through the church.  God put us in a church for a reason.  Whether you are a hand or a foot or an eye, you should have a purpose where you are.  When things get bad, focus on that purpose, and you’ll go a long way towards overcoming whatever the enemy is using to separate you from Christ, from your position in Him.

Even though our Bibles end this issue here, we’ll see as we progress that it continues well into chapter 2

 Recommended: memorize Ephesians 2: 8-10

 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourself, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.