Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Interdependence - God's plan for the body of Christ.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Interdependence: God’s Plan for the body of Christ.
Nature, families, employment, and even the Trinity members themselves are interdependent.
Mutually dependent; depending on each other. God did not make us to live alone, or to be private creatures. But we are often mistaken in the use of our privacy, using the privacy we have been given to serve the flesh.
GAL 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
We can use our privacy for selfish reasons, rather than for what it was given for, the right to live our spiritual life before God and for God.
1 Cor 6:20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
How do we glorify God in our body? By Gathering together in HEB 10:25. By Serving one another.
Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
By Loving one another.
Why are we told to not commit these sins? Because when we commit these sins we are not living in love! We are hurting another person! But if you have love, you will not want to hurt others.
The 4 laws of divine establishment:
1. Freedom of volition.
We have no idea how much greater and more intense it could be.
We have barely touched the surface of what it means to operate as ONE BODY.
Interdependence, relying on and working with others, and God, has a great power associated with it.
And TOGETHER, Pastor and the other pastors studied diligently to reveal a greater purpose of God: that the PURPOSE behind relationships is where the power is.
God designed it so the greater secrets of His Plan are revealed to those who work together as the body of Christ.
The implication: we NEED each other. The eye NEEDS the hand, the head NEEDS the feet.
We have no idea of the great things God wants us to discover, and succeed in, until we really take advantage of one another, and we also decide we need one another.
God designed us to be interdependent, to rely on one another, and to enjoy the service we can give to one another.
Â It is actually selfish for us not to attend church face to face, and to exercise our gift in the presence of the body of Christ.
We are all arrogant of course, and one sign of it is when you resist the compulsion by the Holy Spirit. 1CO 9:16
God is entreating you to share your time, talent, treasure and spiritual gift with those in the body that He has assigned you to.
You will be happily surprised at the way God decides to pay you back!
Regarding your home life, many people say they want to live aloneâ€¦ they don’t want a roommate, they like their privacyâ€¦
Another area we are dependent on each other is friendships.Â
And if we learn to depend on one another, yes at times we will be hurt, but life can be so much easier and more enjoyable!
You can’t do that if you are independent and greedily guarding your privacy.
Another area we are interdependent inâ€¦Dating Relationships. Right now someone else is dating your right one!
We must have an attitude of caring, an attitude of love. Love is caring, even impersonal unconditional love involves caring.
GAL 6:9-10 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
It involves being a friend first, acting like a friend, loving like a friend.
We must learn to enjoy interdependence, it is the secret ingredient to releasing the power in the body of Christ.
You can choose to do what’s good, or choose to do what’s betterâ€¦.
It’s good that you listen to Bible doctrine, but it’s better if you come listen face to face. It’s good that you pray for a friend, it’s better if you get off your @(*!! and help your friend.
It’s good that you enjoy the privacy of your priesthood between you and God. It’s better if you put aside your privacy to serve another.
It’s good that you are motivated to serve God because of the rewards He wants to give you. It’s better that you serve God out of the greatest motivation of all, LOVE.
Yes you are serving, giving, studying God’s Word, but is there something better you could be doing, that you are avoiding because you want to stay in your comfort zone?
Ask God to show you the BETTER way, and if you ask Him to, guaranteed He will show you, and reveal some awesome things to you in the processâ€¦