Inter-Dependence

Dear Fellow-Disciple:

And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."

(1 Corinthians 12:21)

The disciple is sometimes overwhelmed by the inter-dependent, inter-relatedness of the body of Christ. No member of the body can say to another member, however remote the other member may be in distance, "I have no need of you. You are far removed from me, so I'm not dependent upon you." Proximity has nothing to do with it. Distance makes no difference.

When the Holy Spirit is involved in a situation on the other side of the ocean, we are involved whether we realize it or not. We may be moved to pray, or to get on an airplane. Geography doesn't influence the move of the Spirit.

The Spirit is One, and we are one in the Spirit. That is the harmony of our Lord, Jesus Christ. When we truly seek Christ, He directs our activities, even though we may be completely ignorant of that fact. We are rarely aware of the prayers said in our behalf, and of God's timing in any matter.

Intercessory prayers made by disciples in one nation have a direct effect upon the move of the Spirit in another nation. Spiritual experiences that can't be explained nor anticipated in the normal course of things, may be due to something going on in the family of God far removed from us geographically.

It is easy for a disciple to accept intellectually that he activates the power of God in the person or situation for which he prays. Unless he believes that, there is no reason to pray. But few of us grasp the reality of the incredible power in that principle of God. Especially, when two or more agree (Matthew 18:19, 20). If the church were enlightened enough to activate that principle, it could deal a devastating blow to the enemy!

The deeper we disciples become associated with Christ, the more we are overwhelmed with our ignorance of how He works in our lives. Paul spent a lifetime learning Christ, yet, near the close of his apostleship, he said, "That I may know Him." (Philippians 3:10). Each revelation brings us closer, but it is still difficult for our finite minds to grasp eternal truth.

As disciples, we must continue to pray for revelation, for sensitive spirits and for obedient hearts. We must recognize the true body of Christ as believers who understand they are one in the Spirit with all other believers. We need to believe that when we truly seek God, we come under the influence and power of His Spirit. That kind of faith moves mountains, no matter where they might be located!

When we abide in Jesus, our prayers harmonize with God's fore-ordained decrees. This makes them important to the body.

Jesus is King!

P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?

Question for today: How dependent am I upon the body of Christ?