As one considers the general perception of what Church is supposed to be, one cannot help but sense that there is a great misunderstanding on the part of many regarding this matter. Content it seems the great crowds are, Sunday after Sunday, to pour rank and file into a building to occupy the pews and receive their full. Yet, Jesus’ great high priestly payer in John 17 was that His body the Church would be one; united in a love so evident that the world would believe that we are His disciples!
Wrong perception breeds wrong attitude, which in turn breeds wrong conduct. In this sermon the picture of a functioning body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies is set firmly before the listener. Are you operating in your calling/gifting and if so, to what degree of sacrifice and service? Oh that we might be not just be receivers and takers! Would to God that we would become givers, serving and blessing one another in our calling and gifting, growing up as one body in love!!