Judges 1:1-3 (NIV)
Israel Fights the Remaining Canaanites
Unity – One indivisible body of Christ
1 After the death of Joshua, the Israelite asked the Lord, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?”2 The Lord answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.”3 The men of Judah then said to the Simeonites their fellow Israelite, “Come up with us into the territory allotted to us, to fight against the Canaanites. We in turn will go with you into yours.” So the Simeonites went with them.
Friends, the Scripture clearly stated that Christ is the head of the Church and we – all believers is the body and that we can not function effectively and efficiently separately and apart from each other.
Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Also Ephesians 5:30 “ for we are members of his body“.
1 Corinthians 12:12-end “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body ……., Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. ……………..On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are not presentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Where am I going with all this you might ask? Joshua in Judges 1:2 chose Judah to go in first to possess the inheritance God had given them. Judah asked the Simeonites, his brother to go with them to drive out the Canaanites occupying their allotment and in return, Judah will go with the Simeonites to possess their possession. We can see here partnership among brethren. They had great success and each was no less better.They achieved their goals faster and better.
Brethren, I mean Christ redeemed, heaven bound, conscious believers(many are still in a daze, bewitched by the world), intuitively aware of the times and season we are in, like the children of Issachar. Now is the time to collaborate in / with the work of the Kingdom, we cannot be effective and efficient in Kingdom work as much as when we come together as one indivisible body united by the Holy Spirit for spiritual reawakening, to awaken the slumbering and prepare the way for the return of the Messiah, the Eternal King of Glory.
There is a cloud of witness watching our every move, waiting for us to get it. Yes, get it. As parts, here and there working on our own with limited power and result at best, however, when we unite with one purpose and agenda, the Holy Spirit that baptized us into one body will come mightily and empower us, the body to do great exploit. Its been a long time coming, the Holy Spirit is here to baptize us, empower us to do his bidding. Just imagine the upper room experience with Peter happening in every neighborhood Church and house fellowships! We will take the world by surprise. This is only achievable by uniting and working together in Spirit and in truth, not sabotaging the gospel nor looking down on the part that we perceive to be unimportant and therefor irrelevant.
Remember, the scripture says in 1 Corinthians 1:27-31 “but God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
We indeed care, protect and honor that part of our body that is not presentable more than any other part of our body. Now is the time to seek out and court those whom we perceive to be inconsequential, yes, seek them out to prepare for transformation that will soon step unto the world stage, it’s already happening. The insignificant, relegated will soon step to the world stage. God uses the base things of this world, he chose David to kill Goliath, Deborah to deliver a whole nation, and a wedding mishap to launch the ministry of his dear son Jesus Christ.
Let us come together in unity of purpose, love, respect and trust, the wise and the seemingly unwise, rich and seemingly poor, the Kingdom of God need us all to put our hands on deck and work for our God, the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Only wise God, to whom be all glory, honor, and adoration world without end. Amen