March 26, 2020
-Pastor Tyler Alexander
Can you see everything?
For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1 Corinthians 12:14-20 KJV
Have you ever sat in a truck or an old car that had bench seats in them? Some of you may be too young to remember but there was a day and age where the front seat and not just the third row had an entire bench seat across it. You could fit about 3-4 people in it comfortably. Now, I want you to think about us all, the church, fitly framed together, navigating through this journey as pilgrims together. Every one of us together on the same row.
As I was driving the other day I came to a yield sign. I was driving alone and as I neared the yield sign there were trees lined along the road, trash cans, gates, all kinds of things at eye level that were blocking my vision along the intersecting road altogether. If you’re like me, I’m not trying to slow down too much here, I may mess around and make this thing a stop sign. I quickly had a thought pop into my head, “You know, if I had someone on the left hand side of me and on the right hand side of me, I’d be able to see all the cars coming along the road all the way across”. I remembered in my military years how we’d all say, “Clear left, or, clear right”, as we came to intersections, and this is a tactic the fire department uses as well. It makes yield signs and dangerous crossings entirely safer.
God used that to show me something that heavily convicted me. God showed me that I have a brother or a sister in Christ on the left of me and on the right. I have a brother who is a little less conservative on my left hand and a sister in Christ a little more conservative on my right. I have a brother who is a little more doctrinal and theological on my left hand side and a sister who is a little more spiritual and mystic on my right. I have a sister who is a tad more emotional on my left hand side and a brother who is a bit more reserved on my right. How great a spectrum we can see if we work together!!! God has given me a tremendous amount of resources among me who can see things differently than I do, and together we can basically see all the different angles, together! This isn’t a reason to divide as the devil would have us do but unite as God intended for it to do. Read that again. At one-time I thought disagreement meant disapproval but now I can see! I can see that different views are God’s gift to the church, as He has placed members in different viewpoints, that we may advance the Kingdom forward, carefully and strategically. Can you see everything? Absolutely not, and therefore we need each other!