So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. -Revelation 3:16
I am sitting in my room. Birds are chirping outside. The world is moving forward but inside my body wars a fight of pain and misery. Last week I had to have my gallbladder removed. Now my body is having to learn to live without this organ. I have pain, nausea, and diarrhea. I am tired and weak.
All of this started four months ago when I had crippling pain in my stomach. This started the process of doctor’s visits, tests, and lots of questions. Many, many tests later and we had no answers. Nothing was clear. All signs pointed to my gallbladder but I had no stones. Finally, after going to the Emergency room a test was done to determine that my gallbladder had just stopped working. So far there is no explanation as to why this happened. It just stopped working. After a few weeks of pushing and they finally removed it via surgery. When it was removed they discovered that it was actually trying to attach to my other organs. Not only was it failing but it was trying to hurt my other organs along with it.
Now my body is trying to learn how to live without this organ and it is struggling.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. -1 Corinthians 12:12
Going through this process all I can do is think about the Body of Christ. For years God has been patient with His Church. Since I have become a Christian some twenty years ago I have seen more and more churches accept sin. In an effort to win people to Jesus the church has “offered grace” to people which is really just tolerating their sin, to not confronting sin because they didn’t want to offend people, and now we are quickly beginning to celebrate sin. What is so dangerous is that we are slowly building up our tolerance for sin. In the ER it took two shots of Morphine to get my pain under control I was so use to being in pain, I didn’t even know that’s how bad it was. In the same way we have become accustomed to sin in our Body of Christ.
Like my gallbladder, there are parts of the Body of Christ that just are no longer working. They are no longer doing their job of dealing with the sin in the world. They are salt that has lost its saltiness. They are light that have become darkness.
Don’t be fooled. There will come a point where Jesus will deal with His church. He sees how sin will seek to impact the rest of the Body. How much pain it is causing and that the sin will begin to spread and impact the Body as a whole. Do not be mistaken that Jesus will deal with His Body and cut out those who aren’t working.
Do not think this gives Him any pleasure! Do not think that this member won’t be missed. That it doesn’t grieve Jesus when part of His Body is removed. That it doesn’t cause pain, and issues to the rest of the Body, it does! It is only done because it has to be done. It is only done out of necessity.
If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. -1 Corinthians 12:26
This is not the first choice of Jesus. His first choice would be to heal His body. His first choice would be to restore His church and heal all wounds. To cleanse His Body of all sin and have her live as the example to a dying world. Jesus would prefer repentance, but He will do what He has to do. He will take care of His Body if removal is the only way. Jesus will do what needs to be done. Repent church. Stop celebrating sin. Return to Jesus and be healed. Don’t become like a discarded organ. Cut off and useless. Be healed and be made whole in the light of Your Savior.
"For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off." -Romans 11:21-22