Monday, December 22, 2008

A Christmas Devotion

Are you an Incarnational Christian?

Learning from Who Christ is and what He has done to be a display of His Love!

We, as followers of Christ who worship, fellowship, and serve Him must realize we are the containers of His grace, both as individuals and as a communal assembly.

This means we are also the display cases of His presence, love, and principles for one another in the church as well as to others outside of the church. This comes about from our faithfulness and fruitfulness; we must do a better job at this. When we do live in and for and through Christ, something extraordinary happens.

Ourselves and our churches become beacons of His grace, lighthouses of collective abundance by our love and care, and we even go to people in need. People feel loved and part of something real, impacting, and effectual. Unfortunately, we tend to miss the mark on what Christ would have us do concerning how we relate to and treat one another in His Body, His Church. Unfortunately, many who come to our homes and places of worship see little evidence of this abundance of faith and fruit in action; neither do they see us coming to them in His love.

(Mark 3:1-6; 1 Cor. 15:20; 2 Cor. 5:20; Gal. 5:19-23; Eph. 3; Heb. 10:38; 13; James 2:12-13; 2 John 1:6; Rev 2:1-3:22).

Being an Incarnational Christian means, as Jesus Christ is birthed in the world, He is also birthed in us, so we First and Foremost exhibit Him!

All this is a result of His sacrifice of redemption, His permanence, and His love for us. He lived, died, and rose again for you and me! This is what Christmas is about! All we are to do is trust and obey Him, and as we continue in this endeavor. His permanence, grace and protection are the gifts He gives to help us keep our faith going and growing. He gives us even more empowerment for enduring life and performing ministry along with His special favor and peace!

What does Christ need to do to intervene into your deepest recesses to first save you, then mold, shape, and use you for your betterment and His glory?

What will you life look like if you let Him do this even more?

How well is Christ displayed and deployed in you and your church?


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