Where You Belong

Posted on 08/08/2010 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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GLORY

Great is the Lord God Almighty
Great is the Lord on High
The train of His robe fills the temple
And we cry out highest praise

Glory to the risen King
Glory to the Son, glorious Son

Lift up your heads, open the doors
Let the King of Glory come in
And forever be our God

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
Holy is the Lord on high
Let all the earth bow before You
And crown You Lord of all

JESUS

Jesus, Jesus
Holy and Anointed One
Jesus

Your name is like honey
     on my lips
Your spirit like water
     to my soul
Your Word is a lamp
     unto my feet
Jesus I love you
     I love you

Jesus, Jesus
Risen and Exalted One
Jesus


I EXALT THEE

For thou O Lord art high
     above all the earth
Thou art exalted
     far above all gods

I exalt thee
I exalt thee
I exalt thee
O Lord


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Do you ever feel as though you just don't belong? As though there's no place where you really fit in? I think most of us, probably all of us, have felt that way many times in our lives, and some of us feel that way today.

Well, this morning, let's take these thoughts and feelings to the Word of God and listen for the Holy Spirit's answer. The title of today's message is "Where You Belong."

Let's read from first Corinthians chapter twelve, beginning with verse twelve:

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.
21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,
24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,
25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?
30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.


Today, I would like for us to consider five points from this passage.


1. We are all part of one body.

We tend to get distracted by the labels we wear which say, "I'm part of something more genuine and true than what you're part of." We proudly boast, "I'm a Baptist," "I'm a Methodist," I'm a Catholic," "I'm a Charismatic," "I'm Non-Denominational," and we completely forget that those of us who abide in the Vine Christ Jesus are all CHRISTIANS.

We are all part of ONE body, the body of Christ, and it's vital we realize that and treat one another at all times as important, vital parts of that body, just as we treat our own body, and that we always build one another up and help one another grow and become strong and healthy, as we all follow the same head, Christ Jesus our Lord.

If your pet elephant steps on your foot, your whole body suffers. It's the same with us. "If one member suffers, then the whole body suffers with it." Your decisions do not affect only you, they affect the whole body. Your suffering does not affect only you, it affects the whole body. If you are living under the weight of depression, sickness, and oppression, it does not affect only you, it affects the whole body, because we are one.

What happens when part of your body is injured? If you break your arm, do you just chop it off? Unless a body part is so consumed with infection that healing is impossible, you don't cut it off; instead, you protect it from further injury and give it what it needs to heal.

In the same way, when a member of the Body of Christ is injured, the solution is NOT amputation, but restoration. The answer is not to be removed, but to be healed. God has a purpose for you, and it is not to be cut off and cast aside. You are part of the body, and your life affects the rest of the body. Draw life from the Head, Jesus, and you and those around you will be healed.


So first of all, we are all part of one body. Let's move on to our second point:


2. You are important.

Suppose we said, "That big toe just keeps getting stubbed. It's obviously in the way. Let's just get rid of it." It wouldn't be long before we would want that toe back, because we would be amazed at how difficult it is to walk without it.

Suppose we said, "That butt of mine is always giving me grief, it simply refuses to slim down, it's an embarrasment and keeps me from wearing that outfit I used to love wearing way back when." We wouldn't last long without it, and we would be very sorrowful that we could no longer sit down and rest.

It is the same with each one of us. Even if we think we're just a worthless patch of skin somewhere that has no real purpose or calling and who is not needed by anyone, think again. If you were not part of the body, there would be a miserable hole where you should be. You are VITAL to the body, or God would not have put you here. YOU allow the rest of the body to operate as the Head, Jesus, leads, and the rest of the body allows YOU to operate as the Lord leads you. We are all one unit, inseperable, and YOU are a vital part of us.


So We are all part of one body, and You are important.


3. You have a unique purpose

Have you ever said, thought, or felt something such as, "So-and-so has such an awesome function in the body, I wish I could be like them!" But keep in mind that God knew what he was doing when he put this body together, and just maybe he didn't want his body to have two noses or six eyes.

You have a unique purpose. God has ordained that you fill a spot that only you can fill, in the way that only you can fill it. God has gifted you with special giftings, special talents, and special ways about you that nobody else can have. Don't look at others and think they are better or more important than you. You are VERY important to the body, and you have a unique purpose that only you can fill.


4. We must live in unity

Suppose the right and left feet could not decide exactly which direction to go, or how fast to get there. And suppose the legs and knees had yet other ideas of their own. The result would be that we would not be able to walk, or it would be a very slow, painful process, and we wouldn't get anywhere, at least not very quickly.

And yet we, as the body of Christ, are all too often bickering, disputing, thinking our section of the body is in some way superior to the rest; we're all too often trying to walk in different directions, and apparently not listening to the Head, Jesus, who will lead us all to work perfectly together for a common purpose and toward a common goal.

And this is what it all boils down to: if we're following our own ideas and our own mental reasoning, or even our own hearts, we will inevidably miss at least some of what the Head, Jesus, is telling us. Our own minds and emotions are so strong that if we start to listen to them, we will start confusing their voices and the voice of the Good Shepherd, and we will find ourselves out of harmony with the rest of the body.

On the other hand, if we empty ourselves of ourselves, if we daily read, believe, and obey his Word, and if we spend time in his presence humbling ourselves and listening for his voice, learning to feel his heart, we will begin to work together, all of us, and the Body of Christ, being Jesus in the earth, will begin to see the sick healed, the broken in spirit revived and restored, and the dead raised to life. Where Jesus is, there is life, love, and transformation. Let's learn to follow Jesus without hesitation or question, and follow those he has placed in authority here on earth, and then we will begin to see great and amazing things begin to happen, as each of us finds his or her place in the Body, and as you begin to fulfil your function and purpose in your unique and beautiful way.


So We are all part of one body; You are important; You have a unique purpose; and We must live in unity... And finally,


5. We must walk together in love

In John 13:35 Jesus says this: "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." If the world does not see that we are different, what motivation will they have to become like us and follow who we follow? If we bicker and fight, if we are ununited and disjointed, if we are denominated and divided, if we cannot even agree upon which way we're going, how we're getting there, and whether we even need one another, how will they ever see and find Jesus?

This is one reason Jesus gave us a new commandment in John 13:34 when he says to us, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

At the end of our passage speaking of the body of Christ, we read, "And yet I show you a more excellent way." The next chapter, 1 Corinthians chapter 13, is called the "Love Chapter." It teaches us that if we do every good thing imaginable but do not walk in love, all our good deeds are worthless.

Let's close today by reading from that chapter; and as we read it together, let's think of how we can apply this type of love one to another.

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I have to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it does not keep a record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

"Love never fails.

"But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know partially; but then I will know fully, even as I am fully known.

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."


Lord Jesus, thank you for making each one of us important, each one of us special, and for giving each one of us a very important place in your body, the body of Christ. May the seeds of your word find fertile soil in each of our hearts. May we grow into trees of righteousness, as we become firmly planted beside the living streams of your Holy Spirit, deeply rooted in the fertile soil of your Word.

It's in the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


If you have not yet become a part of the Body of Christ, if you have not yet surrendered your life to Jesus, today is the day to make that decision. " 2 Corinthians 6:2 tells us, "Behold, NOW is the accepted time, behold, TODAY is the day of salvation."

There is no reason to wait one more moment to find that peace, that joy, and to fill that emptiness inside so you are finally whole and complete. Jesus said, "Those who come to me, I will certainly not cast away." and "Behold, I stand at your door and knock. If you will hear my voice and open the door to me, I will come in to you, and will feast with you, and together we will rejoice."

Open your heart's door today and find what you've been looking for. Pray this prayer with me, and mean it in your heart: "Jesus, ... I want to be part of your family. ... Please forgive all my sins ... and make me a brand new creation ... give me a brand new start. ... Come into my heart, Jesus ... and be the Lord of my life. ... I've done things my own way long enough ... now I agree to do things your way, ... because you love me ... and you know how to make my life beautiful. ... Fill me with your Holy Spirit ... so I will have the power to do what's right. ... Thank you for dying for me ... and spilling your blood to wash away my sins. ... Thank you for rising from the grave ... so I can have a brand new life, ... a brand new start. ... Thank you Lord! Amen."


You're all invited to get out of your seats and come gather at the front for a time of prayer and ministry. If you'd like someone to pray or speak with you, feel free to instant message me, Mariposa, or anyone else on the staff or ministry team.

Whenever you need to go, you're dismissed, and after this time at the altar, you're invited to meet us in the Fellowship Room to your left for a bit of fellowship.

Come, let's spend some time in God's presence, talking with him and listening for his voice; for here in the presence of God with his body is Where You Belong.