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.
When a physical building is being built it requires many different materials to be assembled together to construct the building. All of the materials can be gathered and on the site but it is not a building until all that is gathered is assembled. This can be true for the spiritual building of a local Body of Christ or a Local Church.
Many parts of the Body of Christ can be gathered together in one place, like belonging to a church, and going to its services, but never assemble together or become knit together as if they are one Body working together doing God’s work. All the parts are present yet not all are willing to die to their right of independent living to serve others. They gather but never assemble. Everyone basically puts their individual identity above who God says there are in His Body called the Church. Every decision is made in self-interest with no reflection on how it might affect or impact their relationship together as a Body of Believers.
A few years ago a small young boy became lost in a huge Kansas wheat field. Frantically, the parents began searching for him and soon the police with a few hundred people gathered to help. For hours into the day everyone was involved searching on their own in every direction. With time running closer into the darkness of night and the day being far spent, someone suggested that the searchers who had gathered should assemble together, join hands and move across the fields in a united effort together. Within minutes the boy was found but sad to say, he was dead. The medical examiner on the scene and later confirmed by the coroner’s report said that the boy had been dead only a few moments before they assembled together and found him. Hearing this, the father of the boy cried out, “If only we had assembled together and joined hands sooner.”
How many church’s visions die early and never fully mature because we don’t join hands sooner? How many churches themselves die before their time simply because people are content to gather but never assemble? How many purposes God has for a people He has gathered never reach maturity because the people hold to their independence and will not assemble to be knit together as one man or one body? Don’t wait until it is too late.