Finding Our Place In God's Kingdom
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
In order for one to find his place in the kingdom of God he must first be born again and filled with the Holy Spirit who gives wisdom, knowledge and revelation, without which you cannot find your way. The kingdom is a supernatural place that exists in the hearts of men, inhabited by God's Spirit and to find your place you must be a new creation in Christ.
This revelation is so important because the church, His supernatural body is not a place to go, but a Person to be. We as born again, new creations make up the living Lord Jesus Christ in the earth, the expression of His presence and the representation of His body. As the human body has many members, or organs that have different functions, so the body of Christ has many members who perform different tasks and supernatural works that make up the body. Because many never experience the transformation in the Spirit they never find their place or even discern that they have a place in His kingdom!
The church of Jesus Christ has been overrun with the traditions and doctrines of men and those who join this perverted man-made organization become deceived into thinking that this is truly God's house when in reality it is just a cheap counterfeit! True, some exhibit some spiritual life but for the most part they are only dry and dusty tombs full of dead man's bones and all uncleanness, devoid of God's presence!
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 1:2
MANY MEMBERS IN ONE BODY
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Romans 1:4,5
The body of Christ was never to be a quadriplegic under the supervision of a Senior Pastor/CEO who is paid to do the work of service in the church. This model is resurrected from the old priesthood that was done away with by the Lord Himself. We as His supernatural body all have a function in the healthy operation of the church in regards to it's commission.
The will of God was never, ever to go to a building once a week to hear a sermon, sing a song, take up an offering and go home and take a nap with no thought of our function in the body of Christ. Does that sound like what the Lord Jesus was doing with His disciples? Through the deception of selfish and ignorant leadership the church has been convinced that they don't have a part or a function and so they shut down and grieve the Spirit, unable to do their part and the outcome is the spiritual death of the entire body! When the natural organs of the human body shut down what happens? Death!
Jesus came to set the captives of sin and death free, heal the sick and to cast out demons, validating His position as the Christ, the anointed One, Son of the living God! We too are to be about our Father's business and heal all oppressed by the devil, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and performing the work of service of the body of Christ in the earth!
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them! Romans 12:6
USE IT OR LOSE IT
If prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:6-8
Spiritual gifts must be exercised in order to become strengthened and to experience healthy growth in the body. Just like physical exercise, the more you work out the stronger you become. Everyone that has been born again has a measure of faith to exercise their own gift from God in the church, but sadly they are stifled by leaders who wont allow them to use them! If you are in such a "church" where you are not allowed to exercise your God-given gift or to speak that which God has given you, get out and go where there is freedom in the Spirit!
The gifts and talents of God are meant to edify the body of Christ, not to exalt some superstar preacher filled with pride and greed promoting his own fleshly kingdom, they are meant for us as believers to build us up and to strengthen our faith! When we assemble together we are to have something for one another, but when there is only one giving out, such as the pastor or preacher, we are cheated out of what God wants to give us, and they are quickly depleted and end up trying to deliver in the flesh!
This is why for the most part the church of God is dead, with no sign of spiritual life, only a talking head trying to convince you to come to another one of his services and support his ministry. Most in the body have submitted themselves under this fleshly and worldly counterfeit, willing to sit back and die spiritually while the world continues to slip into spiritual darkness! I exhort you today, rise up, shake off the dust of dead religion and exercise that which God has given you! Someone desperately needs your gift!
How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. I Corinthians 14:26
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin