I met with a good old friend today. She’s not old…we are just old friends. It was refreshing to be in one another’s presence. There was laughter, tears, admonishment, and prayer. We may not land on the exact same spot on every single issue, but we do have a deep love for one another and a desire to see each other running our race un-hindered. Jesus was in our midst and I think He was smiling. Yes…Jesus loves to see His body in action.
He shed His precious blood for this purpose.
“7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[d] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” Ephesians 1:1-10
What is God doing in this hour? One thing I believe is that He is teaching us what it looks like to be the fully functioning body and bride of Christ.
Personally, I am discovering more and more what this looks like. My heart is being enlarged for His body. He has been renewing my mind to see (hopefully) more clearly His heart for unity in the big “C” church.
In fact, this scripture is truly a mind bender in verse ten where it says, “To be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”
Jesus is going to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth! Wowzers..that is going to be beyond my imagination awesome and amazing!
I was talking to another friend recently about this issue and she said, “Heaven is really going to be a learning curve for some people.”
I’m certain that there will be a learning curve for all of us, but I’m trying to learn now to see the body the way He sees it.
You don’t need a PhD to recognize the body is diverse. Yes, there are many streams and they flow and function in unique ways. What Jesus is teaching me is that He is the head of the Church…and whether we like it or not we are stuck with one another for all of eternity. The more we learn to love one another here the less culture shock heaven will be.
The “poor reflection” we see now is not only how we see Christ, but I think also how we see one another. When we see “fully” in Heaven, our eyes will be opened to see each member of the body the way Jesus created them.
No more misunderstandings, competition, jealousy, or strife. Just pure love for one another.
I will look forward to that day. In the mean time I’m going to pray for open eyes to see others the way He sees them…..for His glory and for the building of His big “C” church.