Mar. 30, 2017

The Toe Bone is Connected To the Foot Bone...

The Toe Bone's Connected to the Foot Bone, The Foot Bone's Connected to...

Ephesians 4:16
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.

The "whom" would refer to the previous verse which would be the Head, even Christ, who places each part of the "Body" (each Christian) where they perfectly fit. There are many Christians who almost worry themselves to death that the Lord will send them to the Hainuweles to minister to the headhunters!

No, Jesus said, "AS you go..." He will use you WHEREVER you are, wherever you are lead to be is where you are supposed to be. Your slice of the "spiritual pie" is your slice, all of us working together makes the whole "pie".

"Compacted" means "being brought together", coinciding with the "unity of the faith". Keeping with the "body" analogy, Paul refers to the "joints", which would be the Pastor-Teachers. By being in the unity of the faith, there is a "connection" between one ministry and the next, to complete this working organism we call the Church. Just observing a local church will illustrate this point.

The P-T is dependent upon members of his congregation to take care of certain necessities that he simply would not have the time nor energy to accomplish. Is he to make sure the auditorium is cleaned up? Make sure the hymn books are in place? The grass is mowed? The child care facility is in order? The plumbing is working well? There are many ministries within a local body that do not get a lot of "fanfare" yet they are all very important to the functioning of that local body.

In the same manner, agreeing local bodies fit together to accomplish even greater objectives...with the respective Pastor-Teachers acting as the joints or "hinges" between them.

"...according to the effectual working in the measure of every part..." Each member of the body should be doing that which they are most effective. If a member is ineffective as a teacher, that member should not be asked to teach a Sunday School class anymore than a member who only has one leg be asked to mow the lawn! We should be where we are most effective. Example: Many years ago at a church I was once a member, my name came up to be nominated as a deacon. One "black ball" kept me from being nominated.

A year later my name came up again, but this time there was no dissenting vote. The Pastor informed me of this and asked me to consider and pray about it. When I next saw him, he asked me if I had reached a decision. To this day I am not sure if he understood my answer. I told him, "If you had asked me last year, I would have been immature enough to accept it. But now I am mature enough to decline the position." I knew that was not what the Lord wanted me to do.

"...maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." Working together in complete harmony, encouraging one another, in the unity of the Faith and all done in love! Perfect! You would be hard pressed to beat an organizational chart better than that one!

Have a Blessed Day!
~Brother Mike