6 DECEMBER 2020 BEING JESUS FOCUSED How conscious are we of our relationship with Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ is the life and power behind the teachings of the Bible. He is the central theme of the doctrines of the Word. Therefore, we should look for Jesus Christ in every statement of the Word. Our relationship and understanding of Jesus Christ determine our keeping the doctrines of the church. We are not devoted to things or a cause but to the person of Jesus Christ. He is the embodiment of all the doctrines of the Word. We need to have a clear understanding of the relationship and differences between Jesus Christ and the church. According to the written Word, Jesus Christ is the Head, or we could say, the brain, of the church. “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence” Colossians 1:18. In this wise, Jesus Christ should be paramount in our minds, and then in all spheres of life we will accord Him the desired attention and priority of interest. This is being Christ—focused. He is also the owner of His church according to His Word. “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” Matthew 16:18. Therefore, the church is subject to Jesus Christ. In this regard, it takes Jesus Christ to understand the church. But the Church is not Jesus Christ. The church with the purity of doctrine is as a model of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Saviour of the Church, the body of Christ. “Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body” Ephesians 5:23 The church, being one and as the body of Jesus Christ, has a responsibility to enhance our relationship with Jesus Christ by the purity of her doctrine and practice, and also through the enforcement of the same by disciplinary measures that are applied to erring or disobedient members. Apostle Paul, in his writings, has a lot to teach us on this subject. He declared in the following selected verses “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” Galatians 2:20. “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” Philippians 1:21. “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” Galatians 6:17. This is a very high level of commitment and relationship with Jesus Christ, which should challenge every child of God to purposeful Christian living. Apostle Paul also reveals his relationship with Jesus Christ in Philippians 3:7-14. He mentioned counting all as loss for Christ, wishing to win Christ and be found in Him not having his own righteousness, knowing the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, and being made conformable to His death. Such is the attitude every child of God should have. When we are that focused and committed to Jesus Christ, our services to Him have value. Otherwise, it would be as those who thought they were labouring for Jesus Christ and in the end were rejected. “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” Matthew 7:21-23. The problem may have been that these people were devoted to a cause rather than to the person of Jesus Christ. There is a great difference between being committed to a cause and being committed to a person. We are called to be workers together with God and not just workers for God Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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