Post by David Wilkerson Today
I receive David Wilkerson’s daily exhortation in my email. I don’t always read them but sometimes I do. Just wanted to post the one he sent out today and comment on it.
I HAVE NEED OF YOU
“Some Christians don’t want to be connected to other members of the body of Christ. They commune with Jesus, but they deliberately isolate themselves from other believers. They want nothing to do with the body, other than the head.
But a body can’t be comprised of just a single member. Can you picture a head with only an arm growing out of it? Christ’s body can’t be made up of a head alone, with no limbs or organs. His body consists of many members. We simply can’t be one with Christ without being with his body also.
Our need is not just for the head, it’s for the whole body. We are knit together not only by our need for Jesus, but by our need for each other. Paul states, “The eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again they head to the feet, I have no need of you” (1 Corinthians 12:21).
Note the second half of this verse. Even the head cannot say to another member, “I don’t need you.” What an incredible statement! Paul is telling us, “Christ will never say to any member of his body, ‘I have no need of you.’” Our head willingly connects himself to each of us. Moreover, he says we’re all important, even necessary, to the functioning of his body.
This is especially true of members who may be bruised and hurting. Paul emphasizes, “Much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary” (12:22). The apostle then adds, “And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely part have more abundant comeliness” (23:23). He’s speaking of those in Christ’s body who are unseen, hidden, unknown. In God’s eyes, these members have great honor. And they’re absolutely necessary to the work of his body.
This passage holds profound meaning for us all. Paul is telling us, “It doesn’t matter how poor your self-image may be. You may think that you’re not measuring up as a Christian. But the Lord himself says, ‘I have need of you. You’re not just an important member of his body. You’re vital and necessary for it to function.’”
As important members of the body of Christ, believers are to rise up and take serious action against Satan’s attacks against fellow believers. Amazingly, this command is ignored by many Christians. When we see a believer in pain, we want to offer comfort, of course, and that is an act of godly love. But that is not enough! Every believer is to bind Satan in Jesus’ name and cast him into outer darkness. That is a sign of being a true member of the body.” …. David Wilkerson
David Wilkerson is very true regarding our need for each other in the body of Christ. Anyone who desires to remain apart from the body of Christ is in great spiritual danger. But I would like to just briefly look at this from a different perspective. Let me start of by saying this is not an attack on David Wilkerson by any means. This brother has encouraged me greatly and in many ways has stood faithfully against much of the apostasy today (I say much, but not all). But here’s the thing, I’ve heard many pastors say the exact same thing that David is saying in this post…especially the part I highlighted in red. However, most pastors that preach like this are guilty of doing the very thing they are coming against. They shut out different giftings in the body and build “their” church on themselves. They run a one or two man show while the rest of the body sits and watches Sunday after Sunday. The church never gets to “be” the church because in reality most churches are built on one part of the body…not every member. And while they preach that every member is important by their actions they teach just the opposite. The reality is if the leadership in most churches would practice this very thing, facilitating a fellowship where each member of the body can participate, they would find that there would be less people who want nothing to do with the “visable” Church….which in most cases is nothing more than just a Sunday program of one man preaching. Again it comes down to FOUNDATIONS. If men are unwilling to look at the scriptural foundation of fellowship what more can one expect that what we see today? Unfortunately, this is something most pastors are unwilling to look at. And as Pastors shut out members of the body of Christ who have different giftings than theirs they end up says “I HAVE NO NEED OF YOU”.