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Christians Must Internalize their Spiritual Specialness

Jul 15th, 2013 by Dr. Edward L. Hall

Do you not know that members are special in the eyes of the Lord? I have certainly worked in the church long enough to recognize that each member have what it takes to elevate themselves to the level of God's spiritual program whether they have adopted or internalized it yet. I also believe it is in every leaders strategy of thinking to try to construct in the members, God's flock the uniqueness of the glory of God. Every leader desires the best from the people of God in order to be successful in the community in which they are laboring.  As leaders try to mature the flock of God, it may not go as well as leaders expected, and members may even become ill-willed towards their leaders, but I believe every leader is trying their very best to bring members together for the unification of God's glory. There may be some exception, but the majority is like the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 2:19 "for what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the present of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20-4 you are our glory and joy."

         As members of the body of Christ, we must find ourselves getting rid of bad thinking about any person or thing that relates to the church or God. As members, we must start enjoying Jesus’ presence: in the form of leadership, in the form of membership, in the form of our spiritual work ethics, and in the form of our faithfulness in attendance in worship and bible study.  Just remember, we all are trying to present ourselves to God as workmen in his kingdom not ashamed of his Gospel. The apostle Paul stated, “13 Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak,
14 Assured that He Who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and bring us [along] with you into His presence.
15 For all [these] things are [taking place] for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase [and redound] to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day” (2 Corinthians 4:13-16 (AMP).  
If we contemplate this context, we see the Holy Spirit of God encouraging us in verse 14. He shares with us how the resurrection will sustain us if we stay focus on Jesus and his formation of truth as saints. However, If I minds are that weak, we shouldn’t call other members and communicate with them negative thoughts about others, we are giving in to evil. But on the contrary, go to God directly on your knees in prayer. Note something else, in verse 15 the apostle Paul states, "all things are for your sakes, that the abundant of grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God." What leaders do in the local church is done to perfect the needs of the people in order that we experience a glorified life in Christ. A good leader is not trying to harm the church or make a mockery of the church; he is trying with the power of God to grow the church practically, socially, psychologically, and spiritually. Let us cooperate!

         Church members, please note this, your presence is so much more than just a piece of paper or a name on a roll. You are God's community and you can offer people great blessings as you continue to advance in God and His will.  But even more significantly, your bodily and mental presence is a passageway for others to draw closer to God by drawing closer to his church. We all are striving to become the glory of Christ. It is very crucial that you stand up straight, suck in your spiritual gut, and live your life in Jesus because you are special. Let us be the church, Amen!