May 20, 2009
May 10, 2009
READ PHILIPPIANS 2:5-10
The Body of Christ is so busy playing church & “doing” church that we’ve ceased BEING……the church! We’ve ceased being HIS living BODY here and now to a world that desperately needs Jesus.
This lost world is just as sick of religion as God is! Floyd McClung who started a ministry called All Nations & has authored numerous books said this in a letter to my friend Jeff:
“The movement Jesus started was radically different from the religious legalism and control of his day. Religion has a nasty way of messing up relationship. Neither top down hierarchy nor rules that govern people’s behavior do not liberate people from the burden of sin nor does it introduce them to the goodness and loving kindness of God.” – Floyd McClung
So, how do we show a lost, dead world the goodness & loving kindness of our holy God?…….The same way Jesus did!
So, we see that when Jesus walked this earth, in all of His activities, in all of His words, in all of His reactions, in every step that He took and in every decision He made He did so as A MAN…even though he was very much God.
Jesus lived in perfect humanity just as we live in redeemed humanity, and that is in absolute dependency & availability to the Father! Like Jesus who lived as a man, we too are to simply be available to Him like He was available to His Father.
The problem with most of us is that unlike Jesus, we want the exaltation with the obedience and death!!!
It was His Father who did the work through Him:
Jn 5:36 “…for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish–the very works that I do–testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me.”
=> His works were God’s works
John 14:10 “…but the Father abiding in Me does His works.”
John 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me…”
John 6:57 “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father…”
Acts 2:22 = “… Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst…”
=> God performed the miracles through Jesus’ perfect humanity.
Luke 10:22 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father,”
John 10:32 “Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father;…”
So, we see that ALL of Jesus activity here on earth as a man was His Father’s activity through the Spirit who gave His body to His Father.
Therefore, as fellow humans, we are to let Jesus do HIS work through us:
Phil 2:13 (Amp) = “[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.”
Eph 1:11 “having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,…”
JOHN 14:17 “…but you know Him because He [Spirit] abides with you and will be in you.” => God through the Holy Spirit dwells in US now just as the Father abided in Jesus then!!!
Let us hear it from Jesus Himself in John 6:57 (Amp):
Just as the living Father sent Me and I live by (through, because of) the Father, even so whoever continues to feed on Me [whoever takes Me for his food and is nourished by Me] shall [in his turn] live through and because of Me
He lived His life with perfect humanity! We live our lives with redeemed humanity. Therefore:
We are to live our lives as Jesus did: in absolute availability and in loving, obedient dependency!