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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)

TITLE: Complacent Love
By M S Austin-Campo
10/16/07


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I was wooed to write of was of fellowship in the church body. The topic I choose to write of is when there is not.

When we come to the knowledge of Christ, accept Him and He comes to live inside us, we are grafted in to the Body, where He is the Head.

If one likens the Body to a "body" then one can easily realize that there are many pieces and parts that make up the body as a whole.

When you shift your focus to the Body of Christ, being us, the church, then one can also see many different pieces and parts that come together to make the Body complete.

There are different personalities, different giftings, different areas that folks walk in while we are earth bound.

To the Lord, each and every part of His Body was called by Him, appointed for its position, and set into place.

Often though, an eye looks at a foot and says "No no that's not how its done" or perhaps a hand says "that leg does not belong here!"

When these things happen, what do we think that the "Head" of the Body thinks?

Has He not Himself said to do good and even moreso to those in the household of Christ? More importantly, does the Word not also say that we will be known to be His by our love for one another?

Sometimes even well meaning people get "caught up" in religiousness or even just daily life. Much is missed when even in short moments we are thinking only of ourselves or of our own affairs.

We miss or choose to turn a blind eye to the purpose He has for us now that we believe.

We miss hurting people inside or outside of the Body.

A Body can only operate effectively when each part is in its place and working its particular function.

Is the love we have love we have conjured, we have made, or is the love that drives us NOT of human creation but of God Himself pricking and poking the things in us that would marr His purpose for us here?

Do we love Him first and foremost and love others as ourselves truly, or do we love withan air of complacency?

Fellowship is an awesome awesome things when it exsists. Fellow laborers in the Body all independently and yet corporately working for the same One and for the same purpose. It is family in union. It is beauty created by God.

When it is not there, then even one non-functioning part at the very least hinders the work of the Body.

Do we love? Do we honestly love? Do we love and have true fellowship with each other? Do we love others, people outside the faith?

Do we long for for their well being or for their salvation?

Intamacy with God. Fellowship with our other Body members. We all have been called to His purpose, not ours.


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Jan Ackerson 10/20/07
One of the best Biblical metaphors, and you expanded it well.

A few suggestions: Take a look at your first sentence, which contains a grammatical error. You want your first sentence to really grab your readers, not to confuse them. And you may wish to combine some of your single-sentence paragraphs into larger ones of 3-6 sentences, to improve the flow of the piece. Finally, give it a thorough reading for little errors.

This is a great message for the Body to heed--thank you.
Joanne Sher 10/21/07
You did a wonderful job getting your point across - a bit of more focus on grammar would make this piece even better. Thanks for writing!
Brenda Welc10/22/07
You connected things well in concepts here. I too was a bit put off by the first sentence but after that it all made sense. Don't be rushed into your entries, it pays to read and reread and read again outloud to see if it all makes sense. (a lesson I am slowly learning)Keep up the blessed writing, it all makes perfect sense when it's written with God.