Many of us like to refer to the Lord as "personal saviour" and in that essence embark on seeking the Lord in isolation. We start to use God as a personal encourager, provider, promoter, protector, name it! The Lord is indeed available and gracious to all who call upon His name however when we focus on Christ individually, we have become more egotistic and desire our wellness more than truly knowing Christ!
Here is the thing. From the beginning of time, God has had a plan to have a family, a home, a resting place.
When He creates Adam, listen to what He says
"Gen 1:26 And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creepers creeping on the earth."
When He says them, He is referring to a people, not a person. God delights in a them fulfilling the plans He has.
When we look at Abraham, who is called from Ur, the idea is to make him a great -nation. It is not about making Abraham's name the most famous in the world, fine, Abraham shall receive due honor but at the end of the day, God hopes that Abraham will be first of many.
Come to Christ! The famous verse John 3:16 does not make reference to an individual but to a "them", a people, the "world". For God so loves the world that He sends His son.
More so, "Col 1:18 And He is the Head of the body, the church, who is the Beginning, the First-born from the dead, that He may be pre-eminent in all things."
God indeed loves you the individual however, the greatest part is that you see yourself as more than an individual but that you see yourself as part of the body.
Let us read
Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
His idea is for a family where Christ is first born.
Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
This is the real deal friends! The fullness of Christ is His body - the Church, which you are apart of! You are not an isolated, individual stone, you are part of the living stones being built together! Christ is not full if you see yourself as apart from other members of the body! You my friend contribute to the fullness of Christ!
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Hallelujah! Has anyone seen this?
We are not strangers and foreigners to each other but we all make the household of God! Into Christ, we are all being fitly framed TOGETHER to grow into a holy temple in the Lord!!!
Friends, forget these things of sanctuaries or miracle centres, the real building, the real temple is the entire church, the members who make the body of Christ!
And see this friends, - when we accept to be built together, we become -A HABITATION ! We become God's dwelling place through the Spirit!!!
Awesome!!!! The individual thinking Christian must henceforth see the new light of Christ being on earth in His members, of which you and I are! In simple terms, Christ and the Church are the same!! He is the head, we are the body!!!
And friends when we see this, we can become the very things we seek indvidually to each other. All things are done so that the body is edified! 1Co 14:12 Even so you, since you are zealots of spiritual things, seek to build up the church, in order that you may abound!
Oh be blessed Church!!