We were talking about the call upon every true disciple. There is a plan and purpose that is basic to every believer to “follow Jesus as a disciple.” But, there is also a unique call upon every believer to make a difference in their world in a way that fits who they are and how God created them – their personality and life history.
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, Paul says that the Church is to be the fullness of Jesus who fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:23). Create a mental image of what it looks like for one thing to completely fill and engulf another thing. leaving no crack or crevice untouched. Think of water filling an aquarium, completely surrounding and engulfing every object within the tank, including the bricks, the coral, and the artificial castle; 100 percent of the available surface area contacts the water. In a similar way, Paul says the Church is like water, permeating every crack and crevice of society, leaving nothing untouched by the fullness of Jesus.
Hear that again. We are to be like the water, leaving nothing untouched by the love of God.
Sounds impossible? That’s because of our experience and trust in the ways of the physical world. Think of the most impactful organizations in recent history. You might consider corporations like Apple, Google, Amazon, eBay, Microsoft, and Ford Motor Company. Combine their collective skills, capacities, and abilities. Add in the rest of the businesses in the world. Multiply that by 1,000,000. Could the resultant entity “fill everything in every way?” Not a chance.
Yet we are promised that the Church, in all its shortcomings, has that capacity. God gave it a sacred design with a sacred plan and purpose. The Church is the most powerful movement in the history of the world with the capacity to fill everything in every way with the fullness of Christ.
That is a game changer, but here is the challenging part. Do you believe that the potential of your personal calling (see yesterday’s blog) is connected to the fullness of Jesus in your community? That God’s perfect plan for your life in this generation is about the fullness of Christ touching you and the people around you deeply?
If so, then you need to be a vibrant part of the Church. Forget preconceived notions for a moment; set aside your vision of ‘church’ with any negative association. Just take God at His Word – the Church is the instrument of the fullness of Jesus intersecting with us.
When seen in that light, calling and Church are inseparable. And, there is much that each one of us needs to be doing.