Kind of a funny title but it was one that was slipped into my mind. This past month has been a month of fasting and today I would like to have a certain focus of letting our own thoughts, desires, and plans go and focus on Jesus. As I was reading the passage below in the message translation I had one of those awesome moments of God redirecting my thoughts.
I am going to open a can of worms here but this is something that I have been chewing on for a while. And I hope not to cast a false idea but it is what I have been dealing with so I believe in 100% transparency.
When I think of the body of Christ I think of the body as a whole. Two hands, Two eyes, Two feet etc. How would the body of Christ look if we took ourselves out of the picture? I want to let that one sink in. It is an obvious problem that I have identified not in our church but the body as a whole for our city. People’s agendas, and own desires have played a huge role in the great falling away of Christianity in America. And in our community. I think the list of different churches in our own community is huge. Only because of the reason I just brought up, personal agendas and own desires.
I want to propose a simple fix. Let’s take ourselves out of the picture and put God where He belongs. At the center and the forefront of our lives and all that it entails. I would say that there would be a lot less disagreements and the body of Christ would work like it should if we removed ourselves and put our focus on His vision.
“Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.”
Romans 8:5-8 MSG