dreams should not be about temporal luxuries

There is a lot of talk of God having some special mission for all of us.  We have been born to fulfill some exciting destiny, some mission that is found within the will of God for our lives.  We are bound for greatness.  We are not meant to be mediocre or stuck doing mundane things or living from paycheck to paycheck.  We are meant to bask in the glory of the favor of God who promises to fulfill all our material dreams, the desires of our hearts.  We are meant to be seen and loved by all and worshipped like a god, after all, the Psalms says that we are gods so why not expect to live as gods.

We have no special destiny.  I think Paul is pretty clear about this in his analogy of the human body and how the church body should function the same way.  Here is what Paul says:

1 Corinthians 12: 12-31

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[d] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[e] yet one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

And I will show you a still more excellent way.

The point Paul is making is that the human body has many parts and they all have a function.  Some do their job unseen within our bodies.  Their jobs are of no less importance than the other parts of the body, probably more important because the rest of the body depends on them to breakdown our food and disperse the nutrients and carbohydrates we need to continue living.  When one of these internal organs shuts down the exterior of our bodies suffer and it is evident.  Not all of the body can be the pretty parts like the face and muscles.  And when we concentrate on improving the outside we can severely damage the workings of the organs in the inside.  That is why must take of all the parts of our body so that are always healthy.

The same is true with the church.  We can’t all be the preachers, musicians, singers and elders.  We can’t all be leading in the front.  If we are all pursuing this “dream destiny” nonsense, then who is caring for the body?  As Paul, we can’t all be the eyes or the hands or the mouth.  Someone has to do the work of maintaining the health of the body.  Someone has to the unseen work, the teaching and equipping of the saints, especially now since most pastors have put aside the role of teaching and have concentrated on evangelizing.

The sign of a healthy church is not that all who attend are driving luxury cars from their mansions to their church.  The sign of a healthy is their saltiness and how bright their beacon shines.  The members can all be poor but still be a healthy church, and they can all be rich and still be a healthy church.  The opposite is also true.  But we must be discerning that what we see is not just a lot of makeup and designer clothes and results from workouts.

We all have a role to play in the functionality of the church but all do not have some special dream destiny that God has set up for us since we were born.  Some of us were meant to live ordinary lives but ordinary lives lived for our risen Savior.  Our destiny is to live with our Lord and Savior in a new heaven and new earth, in the reality of His Glory, in a place that our dreams will never be able imagine.

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