Following on from my blog on ‘Be what you want to see’ I felt the Father say that we all need to ‘play our part’.
It can be so easy to be a bystander in the kingdom, standing on the sidelines criticising or grumbling about the things we don’t see happening that we want to see. I know I have been guilty of this and instead of lamenting well and processing dissatisfaction it can quickly turn into something toxic that isn’t good for the body of Christ if we don’t keep it in check and bring our stuff to God.
I wrote about how I had been what I wanted to see, by dancing with flags in the natural to partner with what I felt the Father showing me in the spirit, to bring a shift in the atmosphere.
This was an act of obedience and courage on my part for the greater good and not being worried about what others thought (fear of man). But, I also recognised that it wasn’t just what I did, but how others have been interceding and taking steps to share stories, pray and prophecy over each other during worship and dancing as they felt led that has contributed to the shift we are seeing.
I felt Him say that if we all took a step of courage and were obedient to the nudge of His Holy Spirit then we can be part of ushering in this shift as we all play our part, whatever that looks like.
It would be so easy to think that the part you have to play is too small to make a difference, but this is a lie of the enemy to keep us from all that God has for us as a community, a town, and a nation.
The analogy of the physical body can help with this illustration of the body of Christ because you might think that if you’re a big toe you don’t really impact on the function of the body and that it’s too small and insignificant and nobody would even notice if it wasn’t there. But hold on!!!
It turns out that…The purpose of the human foot is to support and control the direction of the body weight as it falls forwards during the stance phase of locomotion. Of great importance to forefoot width and the stabilising role of the foot is the position and function of the big toe. So you see without a big toe the body suffers and doesn’t function as it should.
1 Cor 12:18-20 God has placed each part in the body just as he wanted it to be. 19 If all the parts were the same, how could there be a body? 20 As it is, there are many parts. But there is only one body.
Another small part of the body that has a huge impact, is the mouth.
James 3:3-5 A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it!
The mouth is another fairly small part of the body and the tongue in particular, but this specific part has all the power of life and death in it and the words that come forth from it build up or tear down, quite literally.
So, the point is that as a body we need each other and without all filling our role then the body just doesn’t function at its finest, it’s full capacity. We all, no matter how small it may feel, have a significant part to play when we bring what we have, when we listen to the Father and obey and do our bit.
As we come out of a lockdown season there is a shift that is coming and a waking up within the body of Christ.
If you are feeling a sense of holy dissatisfaction at what you are seeing right now….
Ask the Father what is your part to play?
What will it look like for you to be what you want to see?
How can you encourage others to play their part?
We need everyone on board to be a healthy functioning body to bring light into the darkness and show the world what kingdom living looks like.
1 Cor 12:27 You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.