MERRY WEDNESDAY BY PARRIS
“But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own.” 1 COR. 12
Paul never stopped developing the mystery of Christ in us, the hope of glory. Not only did he explain how to use the spiritual gifts to build up the body but had a beautiful revelation of the bride of Christ. Paul saw the union between man and women resemble the relationship between Christ and the church. Paul saw the church working together as a spiritual house.
We can say this beautiful dance started with the Trinity. Tim Kelley in his book “The Reason For God, says, “The Trinity is described as perichoresis – to dance or flow around, mutual movement, mutual indwelling. Each of the divine persons centers upon the others. None demands that the others revolve around him. Each voluntarily circles the other two, pouring love, delight, and adoration into them. Each person of the Trinity loves, adores, defers to, and rejoices in the others. That creates a dynamic, pulsating dance of joy and love. Creation is a dance with the inner life of the Trinity written all through it. We lost the dance in the refusal to serve God and participate in his community – Adam onward. We return to the dance through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.”
When we are touched by God we are brought into the dance of the Trinity and in turn we become a part of the Body of Christ. The Message Bible stresses “You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. You’re familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is his “body”: apostles prophets teachers miracle workers healers helpers organizers those who pray in tongues. But it’s obvious by now, isn’t it, that Christ’s church is a complete Body and not a gigantic, unidimensional Part? It’s not all Apostle, not all Prophet, not all Miracle Worker, not all Healer, not all Prayer in Tongues, not all Interpreter of Tongues. And yet some of you keep competing for so-called “important” parts. But now I want to lay out a far better way for you.”
Part of us becoming whole is not just being born again, that becomes the doorway into a whole new world or as Jesus said, the kingdom of God. The Message continues when it says, “Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary.” It will be important as a Christian to understand that the very thing you need to grow in and be whole is residing in another Christian. God designed the dance of the Trinity to participate and when we do, the gifts are poured out.
I pray 2017 paints a new world of fellowship, less Facebook, more church going, less TV and using your gifts for the body of Christ.