There is a famous adage at my church, “I won’t get an amen here.” It is a way of saying that truth is often shunned because it is in our face. As I share today my heart is to see lives restored to God’s heart for the Church. Before we can face the world and proclaim Him, we need to have a physical examination.
In my book Beyond the Building: The War Within, I dedicate a chapter to spiritual check-ups. If you are concerned about your health, you will go to the doctor. Your doctor will perform a series of test to see where you are. The doctor will share your results with you, and then you must choose to make any adjustments. Having a medical background, I know that patients often do what they want to do. If you tell them to make changes to their diet, they complain about how hard it is to change their eating habits. If you tell them to rest, they will complain that they are too busy. If you say there is a deficiency in their bodies, they will not follow the guidelines to get better. The same can be stated of the visible church. I, too, have been guilty.
The Church is described as a body. Each part must be healthy and work together to move properly. What if one of our body parts decided it did not need to be a part of the body? What if your feet decided to part ways with your legs? What if your nose and ears decided to part ways with your face? The body would be affected, and its movement would be limited. If this is unnatural for our bodies, why do we encourage this behavior in the Church?
We often forget that we are a part of the Church. When we forget, we might do some of the following:
- We get offended with one another, and we stop speaking.
- We do not see eye to eye with another believer, and we challenge their intelligence.
- We use evil speech against one another.
- We go on a smear campaign to prove we are right at any cost.
- We make statements such as, “ I do not need anyone. I can just stay home.”
We grieve Holy Spirit when we are more concerned about ourselves than upholding the standard of God. When we move in this manner, it shows a deficiency in our souls. 1 Peter 2:1 says, “So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy and all unkind speech.” When we decide to respond in our way, we are in a dangerous position. Satan will use our offense as a weapon against other believers. He will use our mouths to damage the reputation of others. He will use our lips to say malicious versus loving things. He is divisive, and we can tell he is at work when we see his modus operandi: to steal, to kill and to destroy.
We must stop looking around at our neighbors and allow Holy Spirit to assess our hearts. There are things that God wants to deal with us about. The beauty is that He corrects us in love. It is time for each of us to make a commitment to be a part of the Body of Christ. If we were meant to be alone, God would not have built relationships. In community we are refined, we are challenged, and we grow in the fruit of the spirit. We are able to go further if we work together versus apart.
Are you operating as a part or apart of the Church? Ask Holy Spirit to speak to the areas of your heart that may need a spiritual check up.