Colossians 2:13-15 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave ALL our sins. He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
(are you doing your part?)
There’s a song that Casting Crowns sings called, “We Are the Body” that really speaks to me. I have often wondered why more Christians are not better at reaching out. Especially when there are homeless people out holding signs asking for help. I know from personal experience that there are many homeless people with some kind of addiction. But who are we to tell them how to spend the money that we may give them? If God told me to give a homeless person $5 or even just $1, is it my place to say, “but God… he may buy a beer.” It’s not our business how they spend that money. It’s not the money that you are really giving… it’s the love of Jesus you are showing. Besides that… there are other things you can give besides money. Give a gift card for a fast food place… or carry little packs of cheese and crackers… I know in the wetter regions that socks are always received with great joy.
Here are the lyrics to the song. You can hear it on Youtube by searching for Casting Crowns.
“If We Are The Body”
It’s crowded in worship today
As she slips in trying to fade into the faces
The girl’s teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know
Farther than they know
But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
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
A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgemental glances
Tells him that his chances are better out on the road
Jesus payed much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come
And we are the body of Christ
I heard an evangelist say, “Religion is hanging around the cross, relationship is getting on the cross.” That spoke to my heart. Am I willing to die to self for the Savior of my soul?
Galatians 2:20 says, My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NLT)
Dying to self is the hardest thing in the world for me. I catch myself daily living in my flesh. I haven’t quite mastered the process. However, I am working on it, some days more than others.
Did you know that self spelled backwards is flesh if you add the “h”? Well close enough that I got the message.
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but He died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but He was raised to life in the Spirit.
When I got the revelation that Jesus died for all sin committed by everyone who had lived and will ever live, I was in such awe. It took me a while to chew on that and to let it really sink in. When Jesus died it was for every sin I would ever commit. It still amazes me to think about that.