Our commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord should bring us into relationship with His Church, which is His Body. That is not merely the Universal Church, a spiritual Body of those in union with Christ everywhere in the world, but the local Church in a specific place in the world. People added to the Lord should also be added to the Local Church (Acts 2:47). It should also connect us to His Kingdom on Earth at this present time and its priority and mission. We must be connected to those around us that are connected to Christ. This means relating with the Body beyond church attendance. God desires us to see the importance of each member, to see the need we have of others around us, and our need to be committed to where He has set us in the Body to function. We do not choose our gifts, God does and He desires to use us. God designed the specific set of gifts for each of us and has called us to work together in the place where He has us to accomplish His purpose for our lives.
As individual members we do not have the option of pulling ourselves out of the work God, go where we want to go, and set ourselves where it pleases us. If it was possible, what if parts of our physical body decided one day to leave our body and become a part of someone else’s body. Our body would have missing parts and the other body would have extra parts.
1 Corinthians 12:14-27
14 For the BODY IS NOT ONE MEMBER, BUT MANY. 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the BODY; is it therefore not of the BODY? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the BODY; is it therefore not of the BODY? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the BODY, as it hath pleased him. 19 And if they were all one member, where were the BODY? 20 But now are THEY ARE MANY MEMBERS, YET ONE BODY. 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much more those members of the BODY, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23 And those members of the BODY, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24 For our comely parts have no need: but GOD HATH TEMPERED THE BODY TOGETHER, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked: 25 That there should be no schism in the BODY; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 NOW YE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST, and members in particular.
NONE OF US CAN BE A BODY BY OURSELVES. None of us can be the Body of Christ by ourselves. We must be connected to those connected to Christ & be connected beyond church attendance as functional members. This is all a part of seeking first the Kingdom of God. It is by seeking first the Kingdom that we are delivered from our self-centered preoccupations and self-centered focus (Matthew 6:33). Kingdom Christianity is all about submission to Christ’s Lordship and Christ’s agenda. Yielding to others my rights and serving others in love because the big “I” was crucified with Christ Galatians 2:20. Part of the health of our soul requires us to commit/submit to something bigger than ourselves (Philippians 2:3-8). We are to let this be our mindset. Kingdom Christianity is: Christ at the center of our decisions; Church at the center of our involvement and community; and the Great Commission at the center of our focus and work.