From "The Lord my Portion" for September 9May grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ; from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together. Ephesians 4.15, 16. From this passage we learn that the members of the body of Christ are fitly framed and knit together because all hold fast the head and live out the life of the body. This does not suggest that God wants you to pay attention only to the one who sits next to you, but that He preeminently wants you to have a proper relationship with the Lord. If you maintain such a relationship with the head you will have a good relationship with other body members. All matters between you and your brothers and sisters may be easily solved if you can submit yourself to the head. If you have no controversy with the Lord you will have no problem with any brother or sister. CFP Newsletter & Daily Devotional Christian Fellowship Publishers
How true it is.
Very good. Too often we base our Christian lives and ministries almost exclusively off of what other members of the body are doing. We try to flow with them, and "submit" to what they are doing. We passively respond to what others are doing. And while this is necessary, if we simply would do what the head would have us to do, we would naturally flow and submit as we move in step with our brethren. There would be no disunity in what we do.
When the Body of Christ is unitedfor the cause of the gospel and inthe purpose of the LORD; the gatesof hell cannot prevail against it!!
_________________Martin G. Smith
Brothers, I agree with you that we have to seek God's purpose holding fast to the head. A lot of division in the Body would cease if we would seek the heart and mind of God in every situation and circumstance. The Word of God says that we have "the mind of Christ." Much confusion in the church is a result of seeking the opinions of men instead of knowing the will of God through a living union with the Head of the Body. Mike