The Purpose of The Body

What is the purpose of being a part of the Body of Christ?

20171205-The-Purpose-of-the-Body-Called-To-Reach-Quote-photofromunsplashclemonojeghuoJesus clearly shared His purpose in Luke. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19 (NASB)

Jesus spoke these words in the synagogue of His hometown, Nazareth. He was proclaiming His purpose to the people there. Jesus was explaining what He would be doing during His ministry on earth. He was also telling the people what His Church would be doing after His resurrection. This was the proclamation of the beginning of the work of Jesus in the earth. The purpose of the Church, the Body of Christ, is to continue that work today.

The Spirit that was upon and in Jesus now lives in us.

The anointing and gifts we’ve received from the Holy Spirit are for spreading the Kingdom of God. We are called to reach the lost people of the world with everything that God has given us.  This is the point of being in the Body of Christ, because we live in a world full of injured, blind, oppressed people who don’t know that God’s favor is one decision away.

The-Purpose-of-the-Body-Turn-To-Jesus-Quote-photofromunsplashmarkkamalovThe more people who take their place in Jesus’ Church, the quicker we can reach the world.

When we’re all running in the same direction together, doing the work that God created us to do, we will see the world turn to Jesus. We can’t legislate, force or argue people into a relationship with Jesus. We can, however, glorify God with our unique talents and that will draw people to our Father.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3 (NASB)

Unconditional Love: Relationship or Religion

We are created by God to be in relationship with Him and to know Him intimately.

Unconditional-Love-Relationship-or-Religion-Created-by-God-QuoteWe all have different talents and abilities, and a specific calling given to us by our heavenly Father. But the greatest thing we can ever do is to have relationship with Him.  That is to know and love Him, because He first loved us.

Jesus said it this way, “And Jesus replied to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment,’” Matthew 22:37-38 (NASB)

When He said to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind, Jesus is being repetitive to make a point. Our heart and our mind make up our soul. The reason He said it that way was to emphasize the importance of loving God with everything that we have.

This is the reason that a hardened heart is so crippling to our relationship with God.

It’s incapable of loving Him with everything, because it isn’t set on Him.

When our hearts are insensitive toward God we’ll look everywhere else for the peace and contentment that only He can give.

It will hinder us from knowing and loving God. Worse than that, it will hold us back from experiencing God’s love for us.

Our hearts become hardened because we believe that God’s love for us is conditional.

Unconditional-Love-Relationship-or-Religion-hearts-insensitive-QuoteWe think that it’s like man’s love and is based on our good or bad actions. This couldn’t be further from the truth. However, we accept it as truth because the idea of unconditional love is difficult for our minds to grasp.

But, if we’re ever going to love God with all of our hearts, we must first receive His love by faith.

“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins,” 1 John 4:10 (NLT)

Receiving His love will break down the walls we’ve built around our hearts. His unconditional love will show us that we don’t need to look anywhere else for peace or contentment.  Because we can always find peace and contentment in Him.

We’ll fulfill our purpose of loving Him with all of our hearts when we believe that He first loved us.