Within a church there are various people with different interests, abilities, talents, and personalities. Diversity is such a delight, yet within an atmosphere of diversity must exist unity. In fact, this is where the term university comes from, meaning unity among diversity. In a church, a diverse group of people is to be united under a single banner. They are to use their various talents and interests to share the Gospel message of Christ, forming a unified front.
In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul uses a brilliant, yet familiar, analogy as to how a church should function. He likens the body of Christ to a physical body. He reminds us that no part is insignificant. Each piece of the body must be present and working for the whole to function. Notice what he says in verses 15-20. “Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”
He is driving a point home. There is a place for everyone in the body. No part is more important than any other. It takes everyone to keep the body of Christ functioning properly. When one part of the body is hurting the entire body suffers. He is also emphasizing that there should be unity. It takes people working together, not against one another. When there is harmony in the body it is able to move in a graceful dance.
Paul discusses many different parts of the body: eyes, hands, head, and feet. One part Paul does not mention is the butt. Yes, you heard me right, the butt. Now before you think me crass, I might point out if Isaiah can liken our righteousness acts to “filthy rags” (look up the meaning) I can certainly talk about the spiritual butt.
So what is the spiritual butt of the body? These would be the people with smelly attitudes. They see all the problems but want no part in coming up with solutions. They want to see new ministries started, but want other people to start them. Instead of promoting unity, they sow seeds of dissent. They speak discouragement instead of encouragement. They point out mistakes, but forget to show love. They are concerned with their own wishes instead of seeking the desires of the greater body. They see ministry as competition instead of service.
The spiritual butt of the body isn’t concerned with seeking Christ, promoting unity, and seeing that the body does well. Instead, the concern is on self. The Spiritual butt asks, “What am I getting out of church?” instead of “What am I giving?”.
Let’s just be honest. Some Sundays, for whatever reason, we just don’t want to go to church. Even though I am a minister, and kind of get paid to be there i.e. (God’s favor on my life) Favor isn’t fair…but it’s not free, either. As Luke 12:48 says,
“… From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
I understand some christian as long as they don’t go over their Christian-ometer limit, they look bad in others eyes. So, I decided to put together a list of great excuses heard in every church. Majority of these I have heard with my own ears throughout the years (I didn’t mean for that to rhyme, I promise), while some have been heard by others that they shared with me. So, if you would like some good excuses reasons for not being at church, then feast your eyes on these.
- But it is youth Sunday.
- But it is Senior Sunday.
- But it is Sunday.
- But God told me I needed to stay home this Sunday for some reason (this is great, who can dispute God???).
- But they are just serving communion, so I will just stay home.
- But the music is too loud/slow/fast/old/new/contemporary.
- But the music director wouldn’t let me sing in the choir.
- But they are having a guest speaker.
- But the pews/chairs are too hard/soft.
- But someone made fun of my toes (no joke, heard it myself).
- But I’m just not getting fed. (well yea, your coming coming where the food is being served).
- But I don’t know anyone there (because you never come, wait, did I just type that?)
- But it’s full of hypocrites (well yea, it’s full of people).
- But they try and get “rough” youth to come. I don’t want to be a part of a church that invites kids with problems (blank stare).
- But I don’t have anything to wear. (Agh!!! The word said “Come as you are”
- But I can stay home. There are plenty of preachers on TV.
The “BUT” That Changes Everything! (Jesus)
- John 3:16 – ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only son – that whosever believes in Him will not perish “BUT” have eternal life!’
- Jesus’ “BUT” Prayer in the GARDEN = TOTAL SURRENDER!
- You must first reach a FAITH level that understands IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU… IT’S ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT HIM!
- IN GOD’S REALITY – SURRENDER ISN’T WEAKNESS… IT’S STRENGTH!!
- The “BUT” of an EMPTY TOMB…
- They came to the TOMB facing FINALITY and IMPOSSIBILITY and encountered UNENDING and POSSIBILITY!
- The “BUT” that can CHANGE ANYTHING… remembering that there’s nothing in your life that HE CAN’T HANDLE!
- DEATH IS NOT THE END – IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING!
- BIGGEST “BUTS” OF THE BIBLE… (Check yourself before you Wreck yourself!)
- IS YOUR “BUT” IN THE WAY OF GOD MOVING (it) IN A BIG WAY?
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. – Hebrews 10:25