Thursday, April 22, 2010

participation in Christ

1 Corinthians 10:16 Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ?  Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?
The verse above stood out this morning as I considered what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  We are meant to be participants with Christ in His life and work.  The broken body and shed blood which has secured our salvation is also our life calling.  We are intended to share in the blessing of that great sacrifice and then we are intended to share the message of that sacrifice with others that they might also be blessed.  Christ hasn't just done the great work of redemption in us.  He wants to do it through us.  As Paul goes on to say in verse 24 of the same chapter, "Let no one seek his own good, bujt that of his neighbor."  We need to be focused because the freedom won for us in Christ allows us great choice in our actions.  As Paul says in verse 23 "All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable.  All things are lawful, but not all things edify."  Apparently our freedom in Christ is meant to focus our service in Him and our participation with Him that others might come to Him.
Rob Smith

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