A vacuum cleaner salesman can’t show you his demonstration if someone talks over him and you ignore him. Neither can Jesus. The body of Christ is supposed to demonstrate the living Jesus to the world!
It’s alive, not contrived! The body of Christ is organic, not organizational. The body of Christ is relationship, not ritual–family, not religious forms–people united heart to heart, not programs! As people let the living Jesus daily rule inside them, they discover that they have a powerful connection with each other.
The living Jesus is the only Head of the body of Christ. All people who belong to Him are members of His body. They belong to the kingdom of God and are called to be led by the Spirit, not by their own desire. Though they may differ in their maturity levels, all who have been adopted into the family of God have the same status.
Christians have looked too low for guidance. We have looked to churches and preachers, instead of to the living, resurrected Jesus. Words spoken head to head are frequently misunderstood, but those spoken heart to heart bring caring connection. Let Jesus speak to your heart!
There is only one group of Jesus-followers, the body of Christ, whose members are called out of all nations, to obey to Him. It’s an invisible, yet indivisible group. As church split into thousands of independent groups, it rejected “the ministry of reconciliation”–Jesus’ call to be peacemakers. (Unless the living Jesus is submitted to and obeyed as the literal Head of the body of Christ, Christians will remain divided.)
Too often Christians are required to be seen in church, but not allowed to be heard in church. Testimonies are seldom allowed.
Idols aren’t just stone. Religious organizations can also be idols when they distract our focus from the risen Jesus. However, when you’re aware of the presence of the living Jesus, prayer is as easy as breathing.