Came back from the GO Group discussion about the real meaning of the Third Commandment (do not bear the name of the LORD lightly) and I got the inspiration to write about this when I listened to this chorus part of Casting Crowns’ song, “If We Are The Body”:
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?
Sometimes, whenever we face difficulties in the church, difficult Christians, people who are not acting like they should, as believers and childrens of Christ – we hear people say “do not look at the people, but just look at Jesus”. For years I thought that this is the way to take when dealing with such people. But then I found out that this is not rightly so.
Sure, we fellow brethrens might be able to ignore such people and focus on Christ, but what about the people out there who haven’t yet met the “real” Christ? Then it is us that they see, as they cannot see the Christ that have died on the cross and gone to Heaven, it is us as the body of Christ that they can see, signifying to them the image of Christ.
But what happens if we, as the body of Christ, fails to understand this significance and in the end do not perform what God has commanded in the Bible? Love one another. Teach them and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. What if we fail to do so? What if our arms aren’t reaching, our hands not healing, our words not teaching, our feet not going and our love fail to show them there is a way? What if we just live our lives just the way we want it, without even considering that we might be living the ways of the world, not the Christian way of life, simply because we think that our lives are ours, so we can do whatever we want with it?
Most of the time, we think the consequences of our actions will be only implied and judged upon ourselves, but as Christians, we bear the name of our Christ in our life and everything we do will not be judged only to ourselves, but also to Christ’s name. Simply put, if we do something bad, as we are the body of Christ, it is not only us the persons who will receive the bad reputation, but our Christ will also be humiliated and looked down upon. This is what is meant by being a “stumbling block” in the Bible, and surely we do not want that to happen. The Bible said that once you received salvation in Christ, “your life is not your own anymore, but it now belongs to Christ, as you have died and also been resurrected with Him”.
Now that you know this, start living your life for Him. As we have been honoured with the privilage to be called the children of God, we also have the responsibility to take care of His name everywhere we trail, as now we are associated with Him. Surely we do not want to put our Father to shame, so learn His words, obey His commandments and be a good witness. That way, when people see us – the body of Christ – they will get a glimpse into the image of what Christ really is.
START WITH LOVE.
With the GRACE,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Comes the COMMANDMENT,
“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)
These two “3:16” verses written by John should underline the reason and the course of action for loving others. Only by having a sincere love of others can we become an embodiment of Christ. Through His love, we reach others, we heal others, we teach others and we go a long way to show them that there is more to this life and that there is a way to eternity, which is in Jesus Christ alone.
Let us become the body of Christ so that people could see Christ through us and in us. Let people see Christ through us and in us, so that they will believe in His salvation. Amen.