4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
Romans 12:4-5 (NKJV)
Last week we talked about role the Holy Spirit. This was as enumerated by Jesus’ in John 16:15 He makes it clear that all gifts, big or small, proceed from the Father and He has the pre-eminence. And in His prayer, he said, “… Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. “… Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; (That includes you and me) 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. John 17:11, 20-21 (KJV) Whatever we do therefore, God alone may be glorified, and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Matt. 6:10 Remember, His will is to promote the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Matt. 6:33 Similarly, Paul described the diverse operation of Gifts as from “… one body, and one Spirit, … 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:4-6 (KJV) The point is, the activities of Holy Spirit demands that we all work for the good of one body of Christ. Your gift should not make you grow out of proportion to the rest of the body but in proportion of faith, hope, and love of God.
Jesus gave us another example, 1 “I am the true vine, He said, and My Father is the vinedresser … abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “… He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:1,4-5 (NKJV) This is another way Jesus detailed our relationship with the Holy Spirit and His gifts. It is an abiding relationship, flowing like rivers of living waters from the Father to as many as received Him. As a result, your gifts, must grow and build the vine, just as the various parts of one body, work together to build and keep it well and lively. You cannot choose what kind of fruit you want to bear. As a branch, you must bear fruits according to the dictates of the Father, of the son, with the power of Holy Spirit. Likewise, the different parts of the same body also bear the same fruit, by working together with the same body and spirit, for a fruitful life.
The responsibility of every believer therefore, (regardless of type of gifts), is to allow the gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the proportion of faith. For the good of the body in spirit and in truth. Bearing fruit to the glory of God and for the edification of the body of Christ. Without deception, dissimulation, and division. Especially we must not use any gift, at any level, falsely or with trickery for personal gain. Eph 4:14 Therefore, we must pray without ceasing, crying for revival. To Keep us connected and conformable to the vine, as faithful branches and as parts of one another in one body. “till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;” Ephesians 4:13 (NKJV) Revival will break out when we all have the same attitude to the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives and ministry. To be one in Christ is not about outward social collaboration, but about commitment and obedience to the same God, who works all in all by the same Spirit dividing to every man according to His will. 1 Cor 12:6, 11 Next weeks, by the grace of God, I will begin to talk about the word of God and prayer in relationship with the gifts (such as tongues, prophets, prophecy and so on) of the Holy Spirit. See you then. God bless you.