Would agree with me that it’s a whole lot harder to knock over an entire building than it is a single brick? Of course it is. In Ephesians 4:16, the Apostle Paul writes,
“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Ephesians 4:16 NLT
The King James Version says,
“From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:16 KJV
Here is a kingdom principle: we have to get past our own personal growth and think about the growth of the entire body. See, you can live without the church and the rest of the body of Christ, but it’s very much self-centered and that’s the opposite of what Christianity is all about. Christianity is about living for the benefit of other people like Christ did; and so when we find our place, we fit into the body. In doing this, we learn that God has given us something to share to the overall growth of the body, for the edifying, or the building of itself in love.
No Longer Just About Me.
I don’t come to church just for me, I come for everybody else as well. I come because I’ve got something to share that’s going to add to the growth of the body. That’s why church membership is so important. When you consider becoming a member of the church, you make a commitment and a covenant to use your talent, your time, and your treasure to help the body grow. Membership says “God has called me here because I have something to supply that the body needs if it is to grow.” If I’m supposed to be in a certain church, but I withhold then it hinders the growth of the body there. Can you see that in the passage found in Ephesians 4?
We all grow together
When you become a part of the body, you become strong and the body becomes stronger. Why? Because you are not standing alone, by yourself, but are surrounded with power, and might, and the gifts and anointing of the other people around you. As previously mentioned, it’s a whole lot easier to knock over a single brick than it is an entire building.
Very rarely will you see people that are truly connected to the body of Christ, who are partaking of the grace of others, and sharing the grace God has given them, be shaken off their stand. Find your place in the body of Christ, because you need the body and the body needs you. Being a part of the body helps make you unshakeable. We must find where we fit and begin to share that which God has given us.