Find Your Place
1 Corinthians 7:17 (NKJV) says, “But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches.” That word distributed means to be separated into parts. When you come to Christ, God has called you to take your place, the place where He called you to be. That includes the local church He’s called you to, the pastor He’s called you to, and the plan He’s called you to. We are members of this body of Christ, here to help get this mission, this great commission, accomplished on this earth. God has given us Jesus, allowing us to walk in the newness of life, making us new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). He also gave us pastors, found in the local church, for us to be equipped to go out and do the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).
God wants us to take the place of the whole that He has purposed for us to take. 1 Corinthians 12:18 says, “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.” In every church, God has appointed the members. That means, that God has purposed for us to be connected somewhere, and that place is not up to us, but is up to Him. Many Christians will go from church to church to church, hopping around trying to find the church that appeases their interests most. What music style do I like best? What time of day or day of the week do I want to go? Which church has the best incentive program or the most free giveaways? We’ve had people stop coming to our church because they didn’t like having only three worship songs, but would have rather had double. We’ve had people that stopped coming to our church because they didn’t like that we dressed up too much. We’ve even had people who have stopped coming to our church because the people were too friendly here. We have to be careful that we don’t let the enemy convince us, through our flesh, to walk away from the place God has set us.
Look at Psalms 92:13-14 (NKJV), “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God, They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing.” The fruitfulness of our lives depends on us being in the right place. Remember what Matthew 7:20 (NKJV) says, “…by their fruits you will know them.” That word flourish means to produce abundantly. It means to blossom and to grow. Being planted in the right local church with the pastor God has called us to, will allow us to be equipped with peace, provision, strength, boldness, knowledge, integrity, good character, and all the qualities of Christ, which is what the world needs to see. This is the flourishing this scripture promises.
Our witness and our part of winning the lost for the Kingdom of Heaven depends on whether or not we get planted and bear fruit. When we won’t take our place in the body, instead of influencing people for His kingdom we will influence people for the devil’s kingdom. Oh, the devil loves when Christians are wishy washy and not following through with their faithfulness to God. This is a witness of weakness, not a witness of power. But when Christians actually get in the place He has for them and actually allow God to use them, where He sees fit, the power of God is made manifest and others will flock to that power.
Oh that Christians would see, there’s power in the plan of God for your life. Do everything you can to get to that place where you’re in the perfect will of God for your life. Once you find your place, stay there. Amen?!