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Every Man In His Place

“Let all things be done decently and in order.” —1 Corinthians 14:40

My wife has our kitchen well organized.  Nothing is “out-of-place.” There is a specific place for the spices, towels, cereal, flying pans, silverware, etc.  It would be total confusion if each item was not in its specific location.

While reading Numbers chapter two this week I was impressed by the organization of how the tribes of Israel encamped around the tabernacle.  Considering there were over a million people, it would have been very confusing when Israel stopped to camp in the wilderness. But God, being a God of order, instructed each tribe exactly where they were to camp in relation to the tabernacle. On the east side of the tabernacle the tribes of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun set up camp. On the south side were the tribes of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad. On the west side camped the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin. Then on the north side God put the tribes of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali. Every man in every tribe knew exactly where his place was. Now that is being organized.

David said of his human body, “I am fearfully and wonderful made” (Ps. 139:14).  The human body is a divine miracle. It was not put together in a haphazard way.  The eyes, ears, mouth are exactly where they function best. Can you imagine the problems you would have if your nose was turned up instead of down.  Every time it rained, your nose would fill with water and you’d drown. And, how strange it would be if your mouth was located where your armpit is!  Aren’t you glad God put you together the way He did?

The same is true in the body of Christ (a picture of the local church).  God has “assembled” it so every member has a specific place and function. 1 Corinthians 12:18 says, “God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.”  If you are saved, God has placed you in the body of Christ exactly where He wants you (1 Cor. 12:12-27). You may be a foot, or a hand, or an eye, or an ear, etc.  You have a function in the body of Christ. If you are a “foot” you cannot do the job of the “ear.”

God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33). Confusion results when God’s order is not observed.  Since God has a specific place of service for each Christian in the body of Christ, it is our responsibility to recognize where God has placed us and do our job. Do you know your place in the body? Are you doing your job?  When one body part fails to function, it handicaps the efficiency of the whole body.

Let’s work together and get the job done God has placed us to do.

Going to Church versus Being the Church

“…and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body…” —Ephesians 1:22-23

And he is the head of the body, the church:” —Col. 1:18

A person may “go” to church without “being” the church.  I see this happen all time.  A person comes to our church… sits in a pew… enjoys the music… listens to the sermon, then goes home unchanged.  Maybe they will return the following Sunday and repeat the same routine.

On the other hand, there are those who are members of the church. They recognize the church is not a building. Nor is it a performance to observe. They not only attend church, but they realize they ARE THE CHURCH.  They are actively involved in it’s ministry. They participate in worship… they support it with their tithes and offerings… they use their talents in serving the Lord… they invite their friends… and they regularly pray for their church and it’s leaders.

The difference between going to church and being the church is simply attending an event or being the event—Being served or doing the serving.

Do you just go to church or will you start being the church?  It can all be summed up in one word—Commitment.

We All Need Each Other

We All Need Each Other

“The eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee…” —1 Corinthians 12:21

God has placed each believer in the body of Christ. We are all members of that one body.  Therefore we all need each other and no one member is more important than another member. The following story illustrates this truth:

A sea captain and his chief engineer were arguing over whose job was most important. To prove their point, they agreed to swap places. The chief engineer ascended to the bridge, and the captain went to the engine room.

Several hours later, the captain suddenly appeared on the bridge covered with oil and grease. “Chief!” he yelled, waving aloft a monkey wrench. “You have to come down to the engine room. I can’t make the engines go!”

“Of course you can’t,” replied the chief. “I’ve run the ship aground!”

We all have a function in the church.  Let’s all do the job God has assigned us to.