Diversity in the body

Hey there co-heir👋🏽. There’s something that keeps you awake at night, it’s purpose burning in your bones- a place God has called you uniquely to stand, love, serve and demonstrate Him to the world. Pictures of a future that God has planted in your heart keep flashing, there’s a tug on your heart, a burden you can’t quite shake pulling you in a particular direction. For some of us it isn’t conventional and we’re eventually bullied out of purpose by traditions and expectations of men that make us take what God has shown us and try to fit it into a particular frame of what the world, even believers consider mainstream but your purpose is your purpose even if no human understands it.

Think of it this way. If the whole body were just an eyeball, how could it hear sounds? And if the whole body were just an ear, how could it smell different fragrances? But God has carefully designed each member and placed it in the body to function as he desires.”

1 Corinthians 12:17-18 TPT

If my entire body was filled with ears and I didn’t have a tongue I wouldn’t be able to taste ice cream( that’ll be terrible), I wouldn’t be able to taste the varieties of dishes that leave me breathless. If I didn’t have ears, I’d never be able to feel the sonorous percussion of Steffany Gretzinger’s voice hit my eardrums or have such ethereal experiences listening to music.

The same way in the body of Christ, God has created us with diverse giftings and contributions to the body so we all grow into full maturity but this is designed in such a way that we are edified by you fulfilling your specific purpose. We are strengthened to fulfill our own callings when we experience the distinct kind of beauty and wisdom from God that you display. Sometimes people look at you as weird and ask questions but all that matters is God’s instructions, following the leading of His Spirit while rebelling against the tide. Don’t hide because the world cannot comprehend it yet, dive deep into the fullness of all you were created to be in Christ

The body was fashioned to be interdependent, we’re to come with our different, diverse colors and shapes painting masterpieces for the kingdom demonstrating His love and grace in the capacity that He’s given us.

Don’t rob us of the magic you carry, don’t hold back no matter how unconventional your calling looks. It is God that has called you knowing your background, experiences and personality, He called you with all these in mind to edify us. We really do need you.

Learning Joy

A while ago, I was studying the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians. I dashed through the list trying to figure out which ones were evident in my life and I got stuck on Joy.

I kept asking myself “Do I have joy?”

It had never come into my consciousness that I had not really dwelt on Joy as a fruit of the spirit.

Trust the Holy Spirit to always hit hard, He said “They have misrepresented joy to you and now you think you do not have it.”

Why did it take some time for me to affirm that I had joy? If the Spirit has taken up residence in me, doesn’t that mean I’ll always have everything He comes with?

I had been shown a parody of joy, a wrong picture and now I had to exhume the wrong things and focus on the right things.

These Spiritual realities; Love, Joy, Peace are already present in our spirits when we received the new birth, when we received the nature of God but we have to be trained daily in the art of dwelling in them by The Spirit no matter the external circumstances.

Joy is not picture perfect insta stories, it’s not pretty clothes or shoes, it’s not tied to the presence or absence of material substances.

It’s in counting the victories and not the days, it’s relishing the simple things, the many subtle ways we have grown while abiding in the fullness of Christ by the Spirit

Joy is not always ecstatic laughter or giggles. It can be peaceful , reflective, hopeful

Joy is both a state of being and a choice. A choice to accept all that Christ is and all that He has given us, a choice to focus on the riches of Christ above all else.

There’s a constant and consistent flow of joy surging through our spirits. It’s up to us to plug in.

I now find in my journey exuberant joy in suffering and quiet joy in abundance. I find myself learning Joy at the feet of my Father.

Prisoners of hope

Return to the stronghold, 

You prisoners of hope. 

Even today I declare 

That I will restore

 double to you.”

Zechariah 9:12 NKJV

A prayer 

Lord we pray to be so imprisoned by hope that we cannot help but see light where bleakness lies. 

To only see deliverance where others see death. To only see abundance where the world sees lack.

To only see possibilities where impossibilities lie.

To become captured by the higher thoughts of God and our minds washed in His perspective so that we only see beauty no matter how ugly things look.

To be so filled with the knowledge of God, of His past dealings, all the ways He made and how He has always rescued us that the scriptures and our spirits constantly witness ‘He can’t help but save, that He has never broken a promise and none of His words have ever fallen to the ground.’

To be so filled with the thoughts of God that we see the future the way He sees it through the our redemption by the blood and know that only glory lies ahead. To be so captured by hope that there’s only one option no matter how heavy life gets, that our God will burst through with glory and bring double for our troubles.