- What does Paul say about a person who judges another personís
spirituality by his own? Why?
- What is the first step toward successful body relatedness?
- What is the second and third steps toward successful body relatedness?
- When we are helping Jesusí Lordship be fulfilled in a brother or sisterís
life, why does this also help Jesusí Lordship over our lives to be
- When we have a critical judgmental attitude toward a brother or sister,
normally what does this indicate about ourselves? Why?
- What is Jesusí attitude toward us concerning our lives?
- What is the only attitude that will cause unity in the Church to be
- What is fulfilling the Law of Christ, which is loving our neighbor as
ourselves according to Galatians 5:14, according to the Apostle Paul in
- If Jesus is greater than Satan, then why is evil in this respect seemingly
becoming more dominate in the world than good?
- Why is unity in the Church not being realized?
If what we are doing is not out of Jesusí revealed will for our lives, no
matter how spiritual what we are doing appears to be, we are less spiritual than
the individual we are condemning who is doing what we consider less spiritual by
our standards; that is, if what he is doing is motivated out of Jesusí
revealed will for his life. How does this relate to our relationship to the body
in body ministry? First, lets consider how we do relate to people in the body of
Christ. Normally, we look at ourselves and compare our spirituality with others.
When others do not meet up to our either self- imposed or Jesusí given
restraints, we immediately assume that they are not spiritual and not submitting
to Jesusí Lordship over their lives. The Apostle Paul said about this kind of
"For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those
who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and
compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding." (2 Cor
They are without understanding, because the basis of Christianity is not what
we are, but the Lord and source of what we are. Paul said in another passage,
"Therefore do not go on judging anything before the time, but wait until
the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness
and disclose the motives of menís hearts; and then each manís praise will
come to him from God." (1 Cor 4:5).
Spirituality is not based on what we possess or in how spiritual we appear,
but by the degree that Jesus is truly Lord over our lives, and since Jesusí
plan for our lives is different in every case, only Jesus knows for certain
those who are truly spiritual. For this reason Paul says, ". . . do not go
on judging anything. . . .", by appearance alone unless the Lord Himself
shows you otherwise through your seeking Him. This is what Jesus was talking
about in the Gospel of John when He said, "Do not judge according to
appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." (John 7:24).
The first step to successful body relatedness is to find out what Jesusí
will is over a personís life through getting to know that person objectively,
and then taking that objective information to Jesus in prayer through worship
and praise and in Spirit and truth for subjective confirmation in submission to
the Word of God (The first three principles of counseling discussed in Section
2). Once Jesusí will over the personís life is clearly known, the second
step is to then seek the Lord through worship and praise as to what is hindering
the fulfillment of His will in the personís life. Once Jesus shows you clearly
what these hindrances are, the third step would then be to seek Jesus to show
you what part He wants you to play in the personís life to see those obstacles
What are the abilities and talents Jesus wants to develop in the individualís
life? What is hindering this development in the personís life? how would Jesus
have you to help this person financially or otherwise to see Jesusí will for
the personís life fulfilled. When we are approaching our brotherís and
sisterís needs and problems in this way, we are delighting ourselves in Jesus.
We are delighting ourselves in Jesus because we are helping our brother or
sister become all Jesus intended and and helping them fulfill Jesusí will and
plan for their lives. When we help our brothers and sisters fulfill Jesusí
will and plan for their lives, we are helping Jesus fulfill His will over our
lives as well. This is because then Jesusí will for the Church as a whole is
When a person is only looking for what is wrong in a personís life it is
evidence that they are not submitting to the will and plan Jesus has for their
lives. The fruit of the Spirit is love, not a critical judgmental spirit. There
are exceptions like when we have been wrongly hurt by someone we may have
battles with these kinds of thoughts toward that person instead of a forgiving
attitude. But if we are simply looking for fault in others, not motivated out of
any wrong doing toward ourself by that individual, it is a sure indicator from
the Lord that it is ourself that is some how not in line with His will and plan
for our life. What delights Jesus is our helping our brother and sister become
all He intended, not looking for a reason to criticize them, which is only
destructive to their person, not constructive.
Jesus said, "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the
world; but that the world should be saved through Him." (John 3:17). When
some of the apostles wanted to pray and have fire sent down from heaven to
destroy a village because they would not receive Jesus, Jesus reply to this
suggestion was, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of. For the
Son of Man did not come to destroy menís lives, but to save them." (Luke
If a person is not submitted to Jesusí Lordship, in order to justify
himself, he must look for supposed greater wrong in others. Finding supposed
greater unrighteousness in others makes one feel that he is not so bad.
If a person is not submitting to Jesusí Lordship over his life and he knows
you are, not only is he going to strain at a gnat and swallow a camel to find
fault with you, but if he is knowingly rebelling against Jesusí will in His
life, he is going to seek to destroy you by finding a reason to get you out of
circulation or by gathering others to agree with him about why your life should
not succeed and be aided to succeed. This is because your life is a constant
reminder to that person that he is not submitting to and obeying Jesusí will
in his life.
This is why the Pharisees and Scribes looked for reasons to destroy Jesus and
then in the end did. It was because Jesus, who was obeying the will of His
Father by His life and witness, exposed the heart of the Scribes and Pharisees
who were not submitted to the will of the Father over their lives.
Jesusí attitude toward us is always salvation, not condemnation; one of
redemption, not destruction; how He can move us into His will for our lives and
what bondages we need to be freed of so that we can, not for reasons why He
should not move us into His will and plan for our lives. Jesusí desired way to
free us of genuine rebellion in our hearts is through kindness and love. The
Apostle Paul said,
"Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance
and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance."
"For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this,
that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, that they who
live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again
on their behalf." (2 Cor 5:14-15).
No one is in hell by Jesusí choice. Men are in hell by their own free will
choice because they rejected Jesus and His will over their lives, not because
Jesus did not go out of His way to divert the person from the way of
destruction. No one is in hell by surprise. They knew they were going there
before they died physically because they knew they were living for themselves
and not for Jesus.
We ourselves never have the right to decide that a person is beyond
redemption. Our attitude is to be one of seeking Jesus as to how we can help the
individual, regardless of his seeming present faults, fulfill Jesusí will and
plan for his life. In doing this we will be delighting ourselves in Jesus and
fulfilling His will over our own lives. Peopleís seeming faults and weaknesses
are Jesusí problems, not ours. Jesus does not want us focusing on our
problems, so why do we place a different standard on our brothers and sisters of
which neither they nor ourselves can carry or live out in our own strength. This
kind of attitude is simply self-righteous justification for the lack of
submission of our own lives to what we know to be the clear will of Jesus over
Unity in the Church will only be realized when we approach each other with
the attitude of looking for ways to help each other fulfill Jesusí clearly
revealed will over our lives individually, not for reasons to push us away from
it. Unity in the Church will never be realized through comparing ourselves with
others, moralizing our brothers or sisters over weaknesses which only Jesus can
deliver them from, or through doctrinal argumentation. Paul the Apostle states
plainly in the book of Galatians 6:2, "Bear one anotherís burdens, and
thus fulfill the law of Christ." Bearing one anotherís burdens is simply
fulfilling Jesusí command for us to love one another.
The Apostle John said in the first Epistle of John, ". . greater is he
who is in you than he who is in the world." (1 John 4:4). The Bible is true
yet do we see this reality in the world today? I must confess that we do not. Is
it because Jesus is not greater than atheism, humanism, or Satan? No. It is
because the Church has failed to bear one anotherís burdens in certain parts
of the world in this way and instead have focused on their religious and non-
profit speculative conversations. As a result, they have left a spiritual vacuum
that communism, the Moslem faith and other non Christian philosophies have come
in and filled. If evil seems more dominate in the world than good, it is not
because Jesus has failed, it is because the Church has failed. It is because the
Church is not taking Galatians 6:2 seriously, "Bear one anotherís
burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ."
The lack of unity in the Church today centers in one problem only: We are not
fulfilling this command of Scripture. We are not bearing one anotherís
burdens, because if we were, Paul says we would be fulfilling the law of Christ.
The law and desire of Jesus is unity in the Church because Jesus knows that when
unity in the Church is realized the world will stop and look and millions more
will be saved. Millions more will be saved because they will see Jesusí love
between believers being manifested and practiced which is the cause of their
unity. Bearing one anotherís burdens according to Jesusí individual will
over our lives is fulfilling the law of Jesus which is loving one another and
causing unity in the Church to be realized. This is because Jesusí Lordship
does not work against itself, but is itself unified because the source is the
If body relatedness is approached in this manner, why will
millions and maybe even billions more people be saved? When Jesus calls a man to
a certain field of interest, it is because Jesus recognizes, since He created
him in the first place, that that individual can best serve Jesus and be a light
for Him in that area. When a person is working in the field Jesus called him to,
he is fulfilled and happy. When a person is fulfilled and happy, the associates
he works with want to know why. If he got to where he is aided by the Church,
then not only can he share positively about Jesus, but the Church as well. The
end result will be that his associates will receive Jesus because they will want
his sense of fulfillment and joy; and since the Church aided him in getting to
this place, they will have a positive attitude toward the Church and become a
member of it.
To look for reasons of why a person is not succeeding and
then to condemn them for their supposed lack of spirituality does not help the
commission of the Church, "to seek and to save the lost," to be
realized, but instead literally hinders that reality. The person who takes this
kind of attitude toward any believer, regardless of how ugly they may appear in
our eyes, quite literally becomes a tool of Satan to hinder the spread of the
Gospel in that personís life and the Church as a whole. Let us stop judging
one another and comparing ourselves with one another and instead began seeking
Jesus as to how we can help one another become all that He intended so that the
commission of the Church can be realized.
"And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ĎAll
authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make
disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the
Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and
lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.í" (Matt 28:18-20).