Friday, 1 August 2008
Embracing Christ - How ?
If you were to ask a person that claims to be a Christian if they "embraced Christ" I would suspect that they would answer in the affirmative. I heard the following quote from one of our denominational leaders: "If you have embraced Christ but have not embraced his mission, you have not embraced Christ." The obvious question is then; what was and is Christ's mission? I have heard people say that Christ came for one purpose (mission) to seek and to save the lost. That may have been his ultimate sacrifice/goal but I think there was more. Matthew 20:28 states;"just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." Christ came to teach us how to serve not how to go to church and be served. We embrace Christ when we allow ourselves to be his servants in what ever ways he asks us to serve. Failure to serve is failure to embrace Christ. His mission again is two fold, for us to find him and then to go and serve. We need to help others find Christ, we do that by service.