I Belong to Christ
Most of my life has been spent as a church goer, that being of the Pentecostal persuasion. Truth be told I just love being a Pentecostal. Over the years though I will confess that it becomes very easy to become religious, where you find yourself being swayed into repetitive religious practices and never becoming fully acquainted with the savior Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke of how the Pharisees and Scribes were so consumed by their religious practices they missed out on the opportunity to know God. It is possible to become so dogmatic and have little or no Kingdom relevance, it is so possible. You find yourself fully given to man’s doctrine or man’s interpretation of the scriptures that you never seek out the truth of the “Word of God” for yourself. Think about it sometimes you are caught up in the cosmetics of being a part of a certain grouping or church you have no real connection to the Kingdom of God, or even the slightest bit insight to who he is. Your heart in a way longs to be on the right side of the “doctrine of the house or shall I call it the law of the land.”
We have become so consumed with this desire to belong to a person or sect that we forget what the Church truly represents. Christ is the authoritative and supreme head of the church and the church is his body, the fullness of Christ and it completes all believers. “Ephesians 1:20-22 Amplified Bible (AMP)20 which He [a]produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come. 22 And He [b]put all things [in every realm] in subjection under Christ’s feet, and [c]appointed Him as [supreme and authoritative] head over all things in the church,”
We ought to see this walk for what it truly is, this is a faith walk, our faith and hope being in God, a Christ like walk with the ultimate aim of being like him, wholly belonging to him as he belongs to God. That is to be fully reconciled with the nature and the person of the Christ to fully assimilate that into who we are for that is our original nature as God intended in Genesis when he created man. In order to achieve this assimilation and total submergence into the God-hood we ought to see and understood who Christ is and what we are to Christ.
“Colossians 1: 15 He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation. 16 For [d]by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him. 17 And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.] 18 He is also the head [the life-source and leader] of the body, the [e]church; and He is the beginning, [f]the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will occupy the first place [He will stand supreme and be preeminent] in everything. 19 For it pleased the Father for all the fullness [of deity—the sum total of His essence, all His perfection, powers, and attributes] to dwell [permanently] in Him (the Son), 20 and through [the intervention of] the Son to reconcile all things to Himself, making peace [with believers] through the blood of His cross; through Him, [I say,] whether things on earth or things in heaven.” Christ Jesus is the life source, we are because he is and all things belong to him. Our hearts must long for that connection to the life source, to the giver of life, to the king of Glory, the ultimate hope of creation and not be tied down to someone’s perception of who God is. I don’t know if you ever heard this song, my Father used to sing this song to us when we were growing up, mind you my father was not a Christian practicing or otherwise but he somehow the lyrics of this song had altered what he believed, “Christ is the answer to all your problems, he holds the keys to the whole world’s needs, if you believe him, if you receive him, Christ is the answer to all your problems. Then the late Andrae Crouch wrote, “Jesus is the answer for the world today, without him there is no other, Jesus is the way!”
A trend has been seen over the years where it seems like people are moving more and more towards creating a whole new sect or cult that does not belong to Christ or represent him. The Apostle Paul in the book of Corinthians addresses this very same thing, he says that, 1 Cor 10 But I urge you, believers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in full agreement in what you say, and that there be no divisions or factions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your way of thinking and in your judgment [about matters of the faith]. 11 For I have been informed about you, my brothers and sisters, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are quarrels and factions among you. 12 Now I mean this, that each one of you says, “I am [a disciple] of Paul,” or “I am [a disciple] of Apollos,” or “I am [a disciple] of Cephas (Peter),” or “I am [a disciple] of Christ.” 13 Has Christ been divided [into different parts]? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? [Certainly not!] This trend did not start now, man in his nature always seeks to applaud and to belong to the seen, the visible and thus you find it becomes easy for a person to hold one man in the greatest esteem that that person becomes an idol, a symbol that takes the place of Jesus. Idolatry is a very subtle spirit, in the bid to “honor” a person one might end up worshipping said person. In all that you do make sure that the glory always returns to God. I thank God for the people he has placed in my life, some mentors others have pastors, friends, family etc but ultimately Jesus sits at the throne of my heart to him alone do I give all the glory.
Maybe it’s the vanity in man that causes one to constantly seek a tangible union with another rather than pursue the ultimate relationship with Christ. In Corinthians Paul says that we belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God. 1 Cor 3:21 So let no one boast in men [about their wisdom, or of having this or that one as a leader]. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas (Peter) or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things are yours, 23 and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God. That should be the height of our Christianity where we know that without a shadow of doubt we belong to Christ. Jesus in his prayer in the book of John says, “Father make them one, that they may be one with me as I and you are one.” Anything else that takes the place of Christ in your life is in direct contradiction with the relationship that he intended for us to have with him. Anyone that takes the place of Christ in your life arguably becomes an idol in your life, a high place and ultimately contradicts the order of God in our lives.
Man throughout biblical history has always sought to place something or someone between them and God thereby diluting or contaminating the purity of the Man and God relationship. Where do we start, I suppose the beginning is the best place, God creates Man and places him in the garden. In the garden God and man commune daily, they have a time of fellowship where they walk together etc. Who knows what discourse was exchanged between the two? However we do know that man enjoyed this fellowship with his creator. Man succumbs to the deception of the serpent aka the devil and is lead out of the garden. What does this deception represent? Perhaps man’s willingness to be wooed by anything contrary to God. We exit the garden after the fall and man still enjoyed fellowship with God, in Genesis we are told that Enoch walked with God. Genesis is filled with so many examples of this God and Man relationship, in the lives of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph just to mention a few of the patriarchs. Fast forward the Israelites go into slavery and what becomes of that relationship? It is diluted by bitterness, hurt and confusion, this opens them up to the religions of Egypt of whatever seems tangible to them at that point in time. Herein lies the problem that begins to torment man throughout history.
When we are not sure or certain of who Christ is, and or who we are in Christ, we fall prey to whatever deception the enemy will throw our way. 2 Cor 4: 7 But we have this precious treasure [the good news about salvation] in [unworthy] earthen vessels [of human frailty], so that the grandeur and surpassing greatness of the power will be [shown to be] from God [His sufficiency] and not from ourselves. 8 We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; 9 hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed; 10 always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown in our body. Just look at this amazing revelation that exists in the word for you, when writing this the apostles also endured grave persecutions, they too had reason to murmur and to turn to a less demanding tangible religions but look at the Apostle Paul’s response. The truth is brothers and sisters, 2 Cor 4: 16 Therefore we do not become discouraged [spiritless, disappointed, or afraid]. Though our outer self is [progressively] wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day by day. 17 For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an eternal weight of glory [a fullness] beyond all measure [surpassing all comparisons, a transcendent splendor and an endless blessedness]! 18 So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.
I just need you to take a moment, look at your life, what is it about you that is supposed to be given for the sake of others? Brothers and sisters do you realize that the call of the gospel, or Christianity as we call it goes beyond our needs and wants, our immediate gratification or the person/s we esteem higher than God. There is no person or entity greater than God, even if an individual has achieved a certain level of relationship with God they are still subject to the creator. You and I can enjoy constant fellowship and communion with God our father, we too can walk with the Holy Spirit daily encountering the person of Jesus. We too can walk in the “greater works” as instructed by the Lord Jesus, all we need to do is to open our hearts and our being to the Holy Spirit, totally surrendered ourselves to God. 1 Cor 2: 10 For God has unveiled them and revealed them to us through the [Holy] Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things [diligently], even [sounding and measuring] the [profound] depths of God [the divine counsels and things far beyond human understanding]. 11 For what person knows the thoughts and motives of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So also no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God. 13 We also speak of these things, not in words taught or supplied by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual thoughts with spiritual words [for those being guided by the Holy Spirit].
So for us brothers and sisters everything has been set through the spirit of God, we ought to cling to his every word, to be diligent in our walk with him and not sucked into the machinations of man. Think hard to whom do you belong? Who does your heart yearn after? We belong to Christ Jesus, we are a part of his body, fully fulfilled in him. It’s time to re-evaluate our walk with God and re-align with the giver of life! 1 Cor4 I thank my God always for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 so that in everything you were [exceedingly] enriched in Him, in all speech [empowered by the spiritual gifts]
and in all knowledge [with insight into the faith]. 6 In this way our testimony about Christ was confirmed and established in you, 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift [which comes from the Holy Spirit], as you eagerly wait [with confident trust] for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ [when He returns]. 8 And He will also confirm you to the end [keeping you strong and free of any accusation, so that you will be] blameless and beyond reproach in the day [of the return] of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful [He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise—He can be depended on], and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Pray this with me, “Lord Jesus forgive me for everything that I have allowed to take your place, any being that I have allowed to be enthroned above you in my life. Today I dethrone any man, being or thing that has taken your place of pre-eminence and authority in my life. I confess that you are my Lord and savior, you gave your life for me, come into my life savior and take control. Take over my life and lead me, I belong to you. Teach me your truth and show me your ways, I give my life to you. Lord Jesus this I pray in your name. Amen.