The Puzzle Dream Re-Visited Once Again
I posted a blog entry ,”when you come together”, a while ago. In May of 2014, I attended a traditional church at my daughter’s request to check it out. My wife and I had left the traditional church a while ago at the direction of the Lord.
While at the service, I saw the puzzle vision again only this time I was seeing the people standing in their chairs as missing puzzle pieces. Where a puzzle piece would normally have some part of a picture on it, what I was seeing was white puzzle pieces with no picture whatsoever.
Then I looked up front and I saw the pastor and he had his hands full of puzzle pieces and was trying to do it all. In stead of the image of Jesus Christ being formed through the cooperation of everyone in my original vision, what I now saw was a jumbled mess of puzzle pieces. In the original vision each person,representing a part of the body of Christ had a puzzle piece and each was needed to form the image of Jesus Christ. This wasn’t the case here and is not the case in traditional churches because the body of Christ has been reduced from active participants to spectators watching one man, usually the pastor, do it all.
The church is called a body for a reason. Each body part has a function which the other body parts depend on. We are not all an ear or a leg or a hand. But we are all to participate when we come together to re-assemble the body of Christ.
I re-post the Scripture from 1 Cor 14:26 as this is what the church is supposed to look like when it comes together.
So what does this mean, brothers and sisters? When you gather, each person has a psalm, doctrine, revelation, another language, or an interpretation. Everything must be done to help each other grow.
As I said above, the traditional church does not let the body of Christ be just that, the body of Christ. Instead, as I said above but it is worth repeating, the body is reduced to pew sitters. Instead of being equipped, the body is crippled. No relationships are formed because no one has to work with anyone else to re-assemble the body of Christ the pastor does it all.
The original “puzzle vision” follows:
What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be
done so that the church may be built up.
The Lord showed me a vision 02/26/2013 and in this vision I saw people gathered around an oval table. The table was low to the ground so that you had to sit on the floor. The people I saw sitting there around the table each had a piece of a puzzle. As they all worked together, the image on the puzzle began to take shape and when they were finished, the picture was of Jesus Christ. He was the center of the meeting. Each one had to do his part in finishing the puzzle and it was not left to one person to do the work of the group. This is how real relationships are built and what church done Jesus’ way should foster.
This is church.
The only reason for the gathering of believers was to re-assemble the body of Christ with each part, I.e., the foot, the hand, the eye, etc. doing its part so that the church, Christ’s body on earth may be edified and that Christ may be glorified.
They did not gather because of a charismatic leader, I.e., a pastor.
They didn’t gather because of church programs.
They didn’t gather because of the worship team.
Today, 08/31/2014, I was asked once again by my daughter to attend a church with her and her husband. The service was a show, to say the least. It was Sunday morning entertainment at its best. At least that was my opinion of what I saw going on. It was during the service that I again I saw puzzle pieces only this time they were in a giant pile. To look at them one would have absolutely no clue as to what piece fits with what. The word that I got was confusion. This is not a coincidence because the last time we attended this particular church my wife had joined us and the word she got as she entered the church was ,”Babylon” which comes from Babel which means confusion. No one knew where he/she fit in the body they were just a mess of puzzle pieces on the floor. Now, contrast that with the scripture in Ephesians description of the body.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph 4:15-16)
Note that in the above scripture posted above, each part of the body of Christ is to do its part. There is no one part expected to do it all but that is how church is done today. One person does it all and the rest are spectators.