Christ In The Midst of The Church – 4


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Christ Jesus in our midst is the key to usefulness.

Jesus greeted His disciples and said, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” – John 20:21. When He said that, He meant that He needs the church. The apostle Paul called the church the body of Christ. The church is to be a mouth to speak for Jesus, feet to run errands for Jesus, hands to do the work of Jesus, and a heart to love others for Jesus.

When Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you,” He also meant that the church needs Him. If I had a glove and I said to the glove, “Glove, pick up that Bible,” could the glove do it? The glove has the shape of a hand, with a thumb and fingers. But could the glove pick up a Bible? You would most likely respond, “No, it can’t.” And you’d be quite right. Why? I haven’t shown the glove how to do the task.

I say again to the glove, “I apologize, Mr. Glove, I haven’t  told you how to pick up the Bible. Put your thumb on top, the fingers underneath, squeeze tight, and lift.” Very simple, isn’t it? “That’s the way to pick up the Bible, Glove. Now, pick it up.”

Will anything happen? Still, most certainly not! Why? Because the glove in and of itself is powerless. It doesn’t have what it takes. The glove is empty of life. I could say to the glove again and again, “Pick up the Bible,” but the glove could never accomplish the task. The glove could never do it until I put my hand into the glove. My hand, and the life and power within my hand is what makes the difference.

The moment my hand is in it, the glove becomes as strong as my hand. Everything possible for my hand becomes possible for the glove. If the glove could speak, it would say, “I can do all things through the hand which is my strength.” I hope you see where I’m going. You are the glove; Christ is the hand. But there is one difference. When Jesus Christ found you, you were a dirty glove inside and out, so He died to cleanse you. Then through His resurrection He sent the power of the Holy Spirit to indwell you, and now Christ wants to live in that glove, you are the accessory, the one He has cleansed. Once Christ lives in you, you can say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13. Once you give Him the control, you will realize that through Him, you have the power to accomplish anything that He directs you to do.

If you have trouble describing the Christian life in any other way, simply say, “Lord Jesus, I am just a glove, I’m Your accessory and You are the hand, You are the power.” But in order for the glove to be useful, it has to be identified with the hand and available to the hand, it has to fit the hand of Christ Jesus who wears it. If you are going to be used by God, you must be identified with Christ and available to Christ so that He becomes the strength of your life. You must be willing to let Him have the control, or you won’t fit.

Christ Jesus in our midst as His Body, with Him as the Head, is the key to our and the Church’s usefulness. Remember, it was He, the Son of God, who said, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” He does not and will not send us without direction and power to accomplish any task He assigns.

TO BE CONTINUED

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Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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