In order for our eyes to function, they must have the grounds of the physical body. There must be a definite place for each member of the Body to function in order for it to be effective as a particular member. There is no way a Christian can be utilized in the general meaning of Christianity unless he has the grounds to function and the place to function.
God sees so much of that today where Christians have no place or grounds to function and they try to operate, separated from the whole organism, never being grounded in the revelation of the Cross through Christ, which would bring them into proper order. God did not intend for us to stay universally minded in our attitude and never become locally expressive in submission to a Corporate Body. The universal Body, which is made up of believers all over the world, has no value at all unless it becomes a Corporate expression of Christ’s headship and love in a governmental way. People like to maintain that universal attitude because in true reality they can avoid, through what they think they know, the requirements demanded by God to operate in His Body.
If our attitude is only to conceive a principle of the universal Body and we never have a specific understanding of the Body, which is Jesus’ plan as exemplified in the establishment of local ministries at Galatia, Ephesus, and Philippi. Without specific understanding, we will never reach the maximum of our production by grace in Christ.