Are We Not All a Part of the Body,
Do Not Even Those Who Lead Have Problems of Their Own?
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation,” 2 Corinthians 1:3-6.
I somehow sense that some in the Christian community think that leaders in the faith must not ever share personal prayers or problems, because we are to always represent strength, resolve, and exhibit an overall character that is without flaws.
And yet, are not all of us mere servants of the One whom we should be measuring ourselves against?
To be sure, we must share in wisdom and carefulness and not with those who are prone to gossip.
And yet are we not all part of the body?
Do not all share and rejoice when one rejoices?
Are we not to weep with those who weep and share in their sorrow?
What kind of blueprint are some of us following?
Indeed, I don’t believe that some are reading or looking at the true architect’s design, but rather that of men.
And we are not to dwell upon those things that cause us sorrow or grief. But perhaps some consider that we are made of rubber and that we can just bounce back from trials and tribulations.
My friends, we are still flesh and blood, even though we are of the Spirit. We are in the process of shedding that flesh, that old man that still resides within us each and every day.
But we have not arrived there yet. There are still a few more laps to run around the track.
So may we be more accepting of one another?
Let us grow in our understanding of our own frailties and weaknesses, looking rather to our own, knowing that our stature is not yet met.
For we are made up of many members and not one of us is an island unto themselves.
It is very true that those things that we think are of less importance actually show their importance when they are needed most.
When the body is aching and in need of care, then those with the gift of mercy and compassion come. And this is true as well with our own bodies, for they are nourished as each part does its work.
So there should be no schism in the spiritual body as each part is doing its work. But let us do that work in truth and honesty and not in boasting nor in pride of our own giftedness or strength.
Let us learn how to be more transparent and perhaps even more human, rather than attempting to be spiritual giants.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?