When Jesus is un-institutionalized (freed from the confines of religious organizations), He begins to demonstrate His power and presence. To function as the body of Christ we need Jesus realized, not Jesus institutionalized.
The body of Christ isn’t an organization. It’s a movement that follows the living Jesus. It doesn’t institutionalize Jesus.
“Church” has far too often drifted away from being the body of Christ with Jesus as its Head and become a man-led institution. A religious institution is a poor substitute for Christ-revealed intuition as recorded in the Bible and spoken in your heart.
Institutionalized Christianity often lacks the vibrancy of spontaneously following and obeying the living, resurrected Jesus. For years I only saw the institutionalized Jesus. Then my eyes beheld the living Jesus and I’ve been enthralled by Him ever since.
In the body of Christ, each member is directly connected to the living Jesus, the Head. Spiritual paralysis results when members ignore Him. The body of Christ is a Jesus-led movement, not a weekly meeting for religious amusement.
How to un-stitutionalize Jesus: 1) Talk to Him like He’s real; 2) Ask Him to speak to you; 3) Listen to what He tells you; and 4) Do what He says. Immerse yourself in the Bible because the risen Jesus won’t contradict it, but will make it come alive to you.