By Kathi Pelton
We usually hear the term, “It takes a village” in reference to raising a child. But today I am using it in reference to the work of the Kingdom and the harvest that is being made ready for the workers. This is the family of God.
We are all a part of one body and therefore, we are dependent on one another. We all carry a part with different gifts and different roles to fulfill. The importance of unity, family and working together (without jostling one another) is vital. Just as my hand is dependent on my arm functioning properly, so am I dependent upon the other members of the body to function in my gift properly.
God is joining the body like never before. He is restoring family and unity as we are being prepared for the days ahead. He is restoring relationships and restoring unity and dependency upon one another. My gifting is as a seer and prophetic voice but I depend on those who are teachers to add wisdom, I depend on those who are evangelists to bring in the sons and daughters and the father’s to bring protection and nurturing to those who are hearing the prophets. Every gift is equally important. If everyone was an evangelist then who would father those who come into the fold? If everyone was a teacher who would exhort and nurture?
My family works together so well because each person contributes our part. There is a father, mother and children who all function differently. We have one child that has amazing discernment, another who is a visionary and another who nurtures and protects (etc). We trust one another and honor each one’s particular gifts. They know their dad’s strengths and their mom’s strengths and how we each function. Becoming a family in the body of Christ is vital so that we know one another and know how each one functions. It is no longer an age where we are a “one man’s gift” led congregation. We are being called as a family. Each gift functioning and honored.
There are leaders who carry the role of fathers and facilitators but God is calling the entire body to function together as one. One body, many members. This is part of the Holy alignment within His family. We must move into the place of honoring every gift; from the one who serves (helps) to the one who prophesies. Honoring one another as equal and vital to the whole is breaking the cycle that leaves many members of the body feeling unimportant and forsaken.
Recently the Lord spoke to a dear friends the words, “Honor breaks the curse.” The curse of separation, the curse of the orphan spirit and the curse of division is being broken by honor. As you honor you will be given honor. It is a Kingdom principle that works in many areas (giving, exhorting, blessing…). Give and it will be given to you, bless and you will be blessed and honor and you will be honored.
Once again, IT TAKES A VILLAGE! We need the whole body…God longs for His whole family to walk in unity and honor. Let’s fulfill His dream!
Roman 12:4-10 (AMP)
4 For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use,
5 So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another].
6 Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: [He whose gift is] prophecy, [let him prophesy] according to the proportion of his faith;
7 [He whose gift is] practical service, let him give himself to serving; he who teaches, to his teaching;
8 He who exhorts (encourages), to his exhortation; he who contributes, let him do it in simplicity and liberality; he who gives aid and superintends, with zeal and singleness of mind; he who does acts of mercy, with genuine cheerfulness and joyful eagerness.
9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.
10 Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another.