“It was my understanding that there would be no math” – Chevy Chase playing Gerald Ford in 1976 on Saturday Night Live during a debate.
Normally you wouldn’t see much math on this site either, but I do want to throw a few numbers at you. I know that people are feeling isolated and wondering how the Body of Christ can function when it is so separated. Well the reality is you are separated from most of the Body of Christ. In fact, in your entire lifetime you are only likely to meet 0.00067% of people who are alive on the planet today. This number comes from Dave Haridson who studied accounting and economics and lives in Orlando and that number seems about right. Basically, if you round down you will meet about 0% of the world’s population over the course of your entire lifetime. With that figure in mind you have pretty much been living your entire existence knowing only the tiniest part of The Body. If you compare this number to the human body its like thinking you understand the entire body of Christ but all you can see is one cell.
God is moving in ways we can’t even fathom, almost all the work He does in peoples lives we will never ever see. However, God still has a perfect amazing plan for you. And even though you won’t see how God is moving you can trust that He is, and He has a specific plan for your life just as each cell in the body has it’s own important function. So yes, we are separated but it’s ok because we won’t be forever and now is the time to focus on Him. On His plan for your life.
I know this is super similar to what I wrote yesterday, but I also think it needs to be repeated. I think we view the Body of Christ and even God in such small terms sometimes. We don’t see the bigger picture. Even when we do see a bigger picture we see in in vague terms. Look at the night sky, did you know that according to science we can only see 0.000003% of the universe? And what we can see is only in the smallest of detail. We can’t interact with it or even completely understand it. God is at work in ways we can not even imagine! Ephesians 3:20 says:
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
Or look at I Corinthians 2:9:
9 But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love Him”
So we are separated from our body of believers, I get that. It’s hard, God wants us to fellowship together. But during this unprecedented time in human history, I know God is longing for us to learn more about who He is and who we are in Him. And it’s possible now more than ever He is calling us to see how enormous His power is and even as we are isolated gain an increased worldview of how He is working and impacting not just what we see but what we don’t.