”…if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you…put yourself aside, and help others get ahead’ [Philippians 2:1,3]
Having found the reality of God’s presence, the power to live outside of ourselves will create an avalanche of joy. By comparison self-centered living is insecure and incapable of seeing beyond the now and the natural.
Being in community by definition means, we work in tandem with the wave of God’s Spirit moving among us, providing and performing signs and wonders. Individual identity is not lost, but enhanced as each one gives from a position of strength in Christ—an interdependence that reflects the full image and glory of God. Secure in Him the body members find their ‘fit’ as each provides what the other needs and communicate the Life of Christ.
The huge redwood trees in California are considered the largest and tallest trees in the world. Some of them are three hundred feet high and over 2,500 years old. One would think that trees that large would have a tremendous root system reaching down hundreds of feet into the earth. The redwoods actually have a very shallow system of roots, but they all intertwine. They are interlocked with each other. When the storms come or the winds blow, the redwoods stand. They are locked to each other, and they don’t stand alone for all the trees support and protect each other.
How would the communication sound in a Christ centered community?
1. The five most important words are—You did a good job
2. The four most important words are—What is your opinion
3. The three most important words are—Let’s work together
4. The two most important words are—Thank you
5. The single most important word is—We!
Further Reading: Proverbs 25 ~ Luke 17:1-10 ~ Ephesians 4
Living in the Light
”I am the world’s Light no one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in” [John 8:12]
There is a legend of a village in Southern Europe that boasted of a church called “The House of Many Lamps”. When it was built in the sixteenth century, the architect provided for no light except for a receptacle at every seat for the placing of a lamp. Each Sunday night, as the people gathered, they would bring their lanterns and slip them into the bracket at their seat. When someone stayed away, his place would be dark; and if very many stayed away, the darkness became greater for the whole. It was the regular presence of each person that lit up the church.
What an awesome analogy of reality—remember the time in my life when I was being taught the importance of ‘just showing up’—just be there—be faithful to His call on your life—His Light will shine through you. Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of life is just showing up”! “However, there is another thing about the possession of light in Jesus Christ: My possession of light is quite different from yours. Each of us has a particular possession of light that no one else can have and if we refuse to take our possession, everyone else will suffer.” [Oswald Chambers] The reality of His presence means you are never in the dark.
- Walk in the light—Walk as children of light…” [Ephesians 5:8]
- Sons of Light—“You are all sons of light…” [1 Thessalonians 5:5]
- You are Light—“You are the light of the world…” [Matthew 5:14]
- Let I shine—“Let your light so shine before men…” [Matthew 5:16]
Keep on shining in Jesus Christ!
Further Reading: Isaiah 9:1-3 ~ John 8:12
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