IF WE ARE THE BODY.....
I generally like all kinds of music, with the exception of the "new" country, but almost all other kinds I can relate to and enjoy listening. Being a pastor finds me listening to a lot christian stations and talk radio occasionally, but I even venture into the rock and maybe some music that would surprise you. More on that in another column....
One song that ran across my mind the other day is by Casting Crowns,(love their music!) is titled, "IF WE ARE THE BODY." The songs lyrics in the chorus go like this, If we are the body/why aren't His hands healing/why aren't His words teaching/ and if we are the body/why aren't His feet going/why is His love not showing them there is a way/ there is a way.
This song speaks about the responsibility we have as the Church, to carry on in the work and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Not just at Oaklawn, but as individual believers in Jesus! Are we not commanded by Jesus Himself in Matthew 28:18-20,"All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." This not only speaks of our "job description" as a Christian, these verses also contain great assurance for the believer!
First, Jesus authority is established. He said,"All authority has been given to me in heaven and on Earth." So whose name are we to work in? Better yet, let me ask you this way, "Who is your boss?' Only if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, can you claim Him as boss. And as your boss aren't you held responsible to follow His orders? We show our earthly bosses that same respect. Why not Jesus?
Secondly, Jesus tells us our ministry obligations, our "job description." We are to GO and make disciples of all the nations. That means we are not allowed to pick and choose who we think should be allowed the relationship with Jesus. Someone comes into your church that doesn't look like you, act like you,or dress like you. Maybe they are a traveler or a homeless person. Don't be judgmental, Be His hands and feet, Be His checkbook, Be His voice, Be His follower and show His love.
Lastly, Jesus defines the length of His relationship with 5 words. "I am with you always." Jesus will never leave you stranded, out on your own. Jesus will never leave you wondering where to go or what to do, He has told us where to go and what to do. Now are we as His church following in obedience? Where are His hands and feet today?