"Every joint supplieth..."Bro. David Chancellor
4/2/2006 6:00 PM
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
What is our place and our part where God is concerned?
“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:” We were this way at one time. We were living only for ourselves. This was troublesome because we were going about life in the wrong way.
“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:” People need to hear and be taught by Jesus. Paul wanted people to have a personal relationship with Jesus, as he did. Jesus teaches us something as we walk with him. Ask Jesus to show you how to live this life. We need to know how to live and still do what is right. We need Jesus to teach us how to keep our feet on the Rock when the winds of controversy are blowing.
“From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” God wants to bring us to the point where we can supply a part to the body. Each of us has a part to supply. Christ is the head and each of us is taught by him, but each of us also needs to come and put in our part. When we do, it will be a help. If you aren’t supplying your part, you won’t be helping to hold the body together. Christ never intended that his church be full of spectators. Are you supplying something? What’s your part? Are you helping to pull it together? When you do something to be a blessing to others, that’s when you will get the feeling of love. You’ll never feel love if you never do anything for anyone else. Love brings the body together. We don’t want to be uninvolved in the body. It won’t compact the body if you let someone else do your part. It doesn’t have to be everyone every time, but sometime it should be your time to pray, to testify, to sing, etc. If you’re not here doing your part, everything will far apart. The pastor can’t pull everyone along. Every joint needs to supply his part. The church does need leadership, but we can’t count on the leaders to do everything. We need to come prepared to put in our part. Be able to come and help someone else. For a congregation to come together and prosper, every joint needs to supply his part. The good times come when everyone comes charged up and willing to put in their part. The body should receive a benefit from you being a part of it. Sometimes you may need to receive the benefit. There’s something for you to add to the body. As we each add our part, we will be close, encouraged, and strengthened. When the sinner comes in, we want them to feel the love the church has.
2 Corinthians 9:7-15
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad: he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness:) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
Paul was writing to the Corinthians about the gift for the saints in Jerusalem. What we give others blesses us, too. “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give…” As we come together, we may need to purpose in our heart to give. Think on what God has done for you, and be willing to share. If God puts a song on your heart, bring it whether you’ve practiced or not. We want to leave room for God to inspire hearts, but we also want to go desiring to be a blessing.
“…not grudgingly, or of necessity…” Don’t force the pastor to call on you to share. Purpose in your heart until the timidity looses. Forced giving, forced supplying doesn’t compact the body like cheerful giving and cheerful supplying dose. Dig in your soul and find what another soul needs there.
Praying in Prayermeeting doesn’t mean you have to remember every request. Pray for the ones that really grip your heart and agree in prayer for the rest. If we each do our part, they’ll all be remembered. Don’t let not remembering every request keep you from praying. Be happy to do what you can. Don’t let your responsibilities keep you from supplying your part.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” God is able to give you enough so that you will have something to give to the body.
“As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad: he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.” Live so that your contribution is remembered when you’re gone. Saints that have gone on have had an impact. WE want that to be true of us, too. We want something to be accomplished by our lives. If you never put anything in, don’t expect to see any increase. The increase comes when you supply your part. Don’t be content to sit on the sidelines. We want everyone to get an increase; we’d like to see the sinner get an increase to salvation. We can’t sit on the sidelines and expect to get what we need.
“For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;” If you supply your part, you can cause thanksgiving to God. As you help and bless others, they will thank God for the part you supplied to the body.
“Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;” People will glorify God for the part you supply. We need to supply our part.
“And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.” As we supply, others will pray and we’ll be drawn together.
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” God gave first and got it all started. As we contribute, it causes it all to grow. God wants it to keep growing. As long as God leaves us here, there is a part for us to supply. Everyone has something they can give. Even the new convert can be a blessing. Everyone has a part to contribute. As we share and supply, a love and appreciation comes and draws us together and brings an increase. We want everyone to have an increase in righteousness. Supply your part. If you supply your part, God will bless.