Friday, October 27, 2017

Pattern of Healthy Functioning and Living

UV 2813/10000 Pattern of Healthy Functioning and Living
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139 v 16

The eyes of the Lord sees us while we are being formed in our mothers’ wombs. All the members of our bodies are recorded or registered in His book. While we are being formed uniquely and wonderfully, organ by organ, He is watching over the process. Such intimate knowledge and care is beyond our understanding. We need to be thankful for every organ in our bodies and commit to be good stewards of our health and well being. We are born imperfect but the Lord perfects us over time. Just as the sunrise is as beautiful and awesome as the sunset, so also the start and finish of each day and of our lives are intended to be beautiful and awesome. It will be miserable and vain without Him but it will be beautiful and awesome with Him and in Him. When the organs malfunction or function randomly, it is like the disease of cancer where certain cells multiply randomly and eat into the health and vitality of the whole person.
Every part of our bodies counts. Every part is irreplaceable. Every member of the kingdom of God counts. No part is more important than the other. Each serves all the other parts to sustain life. Just as some parts play the more honourable roles, some play more obscure or hidden roles, the body of Christ also has members who play a leadership role, some play the role of being the eyes of the body- the visionaries. What connects everyone together as in the human body is the selfless or agape love of Jesus. Love connects muscle to bone and surrounds it with tissue. Love is the ligament that connects the joints of our bodies. Love is the oxygen that is supplied to every cell in order to live and thrive.
Each of us is not a completed work but a work in progress. When Adam and Eve fell from grace or supernatural favour into sin, the Lord realized that a deeper work of creation is shaping the character and the responses to temptation by mankind. Though Jesus declared on the cross that “ it is finished,” implying that His work of paying the price for the salvation of every member of mankind is over, He has not finished with us. Each day, He is shaping every member of His body. He is engaged in perfecting us in the image of the Lord. He requires our willing acquiescence, our yielding of every member of our bodies to His care as well as the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit. As we yield every member of our bodies, our egos and our wills, He will help us add to our faith, knowledge of His word, excellence in this world, godliness in our character, brotherly love in our relationships, spiritual, physical and relational blessings, such that every member fulfils its God-ordained purpose.
Prateep V Philip

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