Thanksgiving day message from trueGOD Television. We thank and praise God for His many blessings, during the last year. Our hope is that you will grow closer, stronger, and more in love with Christ Jesus over the next 12 months.
Cells in Body of Christ,
in need of each other.
Each of us who are in Christ are parts of His Body.
Colossians 1:24 – Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
And as parts of his body, we are to nurture, provide, work with and protect one another. Just like the cells in the body, each one has a responsibility to the cell around itself. The red blood cells provide oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the cells around them; providing and nurturing their brothers of another color. The glands provide hormones and chemicals to guide and strengthen the entire system. One gland cell cannot provide for the needs of all, but all provide for all. The muscle cells work together to pull, push and work. The white blood cells defend their brothers and together or alone diligently guard the territory around themselves, from that which would harm them.
We as our brother’s keeper and called to be peacemakers, the earthly reconcilers of God and man, the intercessors of the earth, must do our part alone and collectively to help our fellow man. We must support the body of Christ, not seeking our own, but another’s good. Esteeming others better than our selves.
Philippians 2:3 – Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
How rarely do you hear that statement in this self serving world. More than likely you will hear “no one is better than me” or “you think you are better than I am”. A great man of God wrote 300 years ago that the true test of humility is not to humble ourselves before some one obviously more advanced than ourselves, but the true test is to humble ourself to those who are our equal, or a little lower than us, in age, maturity, possessions or experience. And even more so, can we submit to such a one?
I am remind of a few verses.
James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
I Peter 5:5 – Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Ephesians 5:21 – Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
And the words of Christ;
Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Our primary submission is to God. Our responsibly is to submit to our authorities, in and out of the body of Christ. Our default position is to submit to one another. And our direct or immediate position in the assembly of believers is to look for Christ, who is present and may choose to manifest Himself in an individual or in the collective assembly, maybe thru a child or the pastor. But who ever He reveals Himself thru, we are to submit as unto Christ.
Again this is something you do not hear often in this “me first”, “don’t tell me what to do”, “who are you to judge” world we live it.
If we are not willing to submit, then how can we serve effectively? How can we hear the need of the heart, feel the compassion of Christ and get the instructions from God to effectively serve, minister to our brothers needs. Neither we nor our brother knows what it the best course, help, or degree of support the other needs, but Christ knows. And if we are to be His hands and feet, to be the cells in the body of Christ, nurturing, supporting, protecting one another. We must first learn submission.
Thanksgiving day, 2011
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