|Tools & Trainings for Organic Church Movements
Issue No. 19 11.24.08
|I was sitting in the doctor's office a few days ago. I got antsy rather quickly and picked up a magazine off the table beside me. Scrolling through the pages my eyes landed on a rather "Halloween" cut-away of a human body. Grabbing my attention with the picture, I took in the words:|
"The human body was fashioned together in an incredible way. We contain approximately 11 trillion cells, each interconnected and intimately functioning together."
Those leading two sentences of the article seized my thoughts and imagination. I mused about many things; lost in thought. I never got any further in the article.
I was propelled to wonder, if every follower of Jesus has at least one gift, and everyone is important and necessary, how does God put it all together? Interconnected and intimately functioning together? Hmmm?
How does the body work in different geographies? Hands as opposed to feet...they can certainly touch each other, but they don't normally orbit in the same space. So is one part missing out? Is the church missing out because it is spread all over the globe and even through time? The systems of the body-nervous, circulatory, digestive, nervous, etc. all are layered throughout our human bodies. Maybe that's how it works?
I'm still perplexed by the complexity and simplicity of the metaphor used throughout the New Testament for the church-the Body. My two main thoughts coming out of that interaction with the Lord were these:
1) Jesus is the one who fashioned our human bodies. If it is made up of 11 trillion cells, then even if all 6.5 billion people on the globe right now came to faith, He'd have no trouble to finding space in the Body for everyone to fit--and perfectly!
2) Jesus is in charge, and I'm not supposed to figure it all out! I know that, but the reminder was a good one again. I'll still probably need it in a couple of days.
Church Multiplication Associates