We are all members of the body of Christ. We each have our unique fit. Colossians 2:19 says that when we hold fast to our Head, “…from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.”
1 Corinthians 12:14 says, “For in fact the body is not one member but many.” Verses 15-26 thoroughly describes how the body of Christ functions. Verse 27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”
The foot cannot function as the hand does. Nor do the eyes do what the ears do. We have to function together in order to make up the whole. This is a tight fit that the Lord has designed.
He uses all of us in our unique role to make up the whole. We serve one another through our unique role. You are a gift to His body. Your uniqueness is essential in His design.
We are to love Him wholeheartedly: with all our heart, all our soul, and with all our strength. Our square peg mentality does not fit into His round peg ways. Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Our path of progressive sanctification is always filled with circumstances, hardships, trials, and adversity to help shape our hearts to conform to His will and His ways. We chafe when we try to be someone that we are not.
The word ‘sincere’ was a cry of the bazaar vendors. They wanted everyone to know that their pots had no wax to cover blemishes or cracks. The astute buyer would take the pot they were interested in out into the sun. That way the darkness of the shop would not prevent them from seeing any wax cover up.
1 Peter 1:22 says, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.” Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Psalm 18:26 says, “With the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.” Shrewd in the Hebrew means to wrestle. What happened to Jacob when he wrested with the Lord?
Genesis 32:28 says, “And He said, Your name shall no longer be called Jacob (deceiver), but Israel (Prince with God); for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Parentheses are mine. Remember the definition in Joshua 1:7 for courageous? It means to prevail.
Are you in a wrestling match with the Lord now? The Lord will always set up circumstances that will reveal the hidden deceit in our heart. What is the Lord seeking to accomplish in your life by bringing the same challenges right before your face again and again?
His goal in our path of progressive sanctification is to transform our inner being to reflect His character before others. When you feel frustrated, it might be because He is redirecting your square pegged way into His round peg way to enhance your uniqueness in serving Him.