A couple years ago, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig did a remake of the classic movie, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. It didn’t have a huge box office turnout but there seems to be evidence of its reality within the church! Here’s how I see the Body being invaded.
“I am not.”
One of the subtle yet most devastating things that Paul deals with in this passage is the act of us comparing ourselves with each other. I understand it’s quite natural but we are not called to act or think naturally. We are to operate supernaturally by God’s power and for His glory. My pastor once said:
If we do the natural, God will do the super!
If we could only quit comparing ourselves to one another and simply be what we are called to be! A hand is always an hand. An eye is always an eye. A heart is always a heart. However, each can cease to be part of the body. This is often what happens in the church. When we begin comparing ourselves, we begin to feel that we don’t belong. We try amputating ourselves because we feel like someone else or something different would be better. How silly is that?! Where else does a hand, eye or heart belong? Only to and in a body.
When we begin comparing ourselves, we are really trying to play God. Instead of saying I am not a hand or an eye, or a heart, we need to simply say: ” I am not I AM.” In so doing, we allow ourselves to be who we are and certainly let others be who and how God made them. When we try to be something we’re not, we mar the Body of Christ by elevating certain positions, places of service, and people instead of pointing others to Christ by how we work, live and love together.
“I don’t need.”
This another thought that is invading churches. How foolish is this thought? Where would the foot go without the leg? Or how about the blood without veins? Yet, when we attempt to do everything without employing others with gifts and skills around us, we are essentially communicating we are self-sufficient. This is really anti-god. God desires for us to see our neediness for Him, therefore He allows no one complete independence from others. The invasion of this thought has been successful in that we don’t readily call for help, or seek guidance, or wisdom outside of ourselves. Our sufficiency is not meant to be in ourselves but in God alone and sometimes He reveals His sufficiency in and through our relationships with each other.
The world will see we are His when we come together and serve each other together; when we admit that we need each other and want to be part of each other.
The invasion is not complete but without you, neither is the Body.
May I encourage you to consider the following:
How has the invasion of these thoughts affected the way you live, serve or look at Christ’s Body, The Church?
How can our church be a bigger part of God’s work globally?
What part of the Body does our local body play?
How have you tried to be god in your own life? How much time and energy do you spend comparing yourself to someone else? How has Satan used that to keep you from excelling and moving forward?
Have you unwittingly made others feel unwanted or un-needed?
How needed do you see yourself in the local work of God? Global work? Why or why not?