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On Being Dependent (Part 1)

“Life in My Son has always been a corporate affair. My Word knows nothing of an independent, individualistic, insulated disciple.

For this reason, the master stroke of My enemy is division. If he can get you to divide from your sisters and brothers in Christ, and be on your own-separate and isolated-you will not grow into the fullness of My Son.

So don’t pull away from the body. Get connected to other believers who are pursuing My Son. Worship and serve as one part of the whole. You can only know My Son in His fullness in conjunction with the other members of His body, the church.” – pg. 53, Jesus Manifesto, by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

Here in the U.S. we have a very , independent, individualistic mindset when it comes to life in general. From an early age we are taught, and even desire to be able to do things on our own, to be independent, and self sufficient. In our culture, it’s part of “growing up.” This mindset has saturated the Body of Christ for centuries. But in Christ, nothing could be further from the Truth.

Life IN CHRIST begins by being completely dependent on Jesus. Salvation, justification, redemption…we can do none of these on our own. No, we must be fully dependent on the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and His complete resurrection. We cannot attain or achieve them on our own or in our own strength.

Likewise, knowing, experiencing, and expressing the Life of Jesus Christ can never happen, in its fullness, on an individualistic level. While the fullness of Christ dwells in each one of us, knowing, experiencing, and expressing the fullness of Christ can never be done by one individual alone. It takes a Body, a Church.

Sure, we can know Him in part, experience some portion of Him, and even express some portion of His life. But Jesus never intended, nor is it possible for us to do so completely on our own. For to do anything, anything at all, it takes His Life to do it, and we know that Jesus the Christ, is the Head of the Body, making up One New Man, of which we are all members. Each member functions and is dependent upon the Head for its direction and life supply.

But beyond that, for the Head to be fully expressed it takes the whole Body, the Church. Each member is part of the whole and gives expression to the Head. So we are completely dependent on Jesus, the Head and Supply, and He has also provided His Body, the Church for each of us to be connected to and a part of. We are meant to share Life with one another, to learn and know Jesus the Christ with one another, to grow and express Him to and with one another. We are meant to live in community with one another, to be the ekklesia, the community of Christ.

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  1. […] This is a two part series On Being Dependent.  I encourage you to read the first post in this series before going on to read this post.  You can find On Being Dependent (Part 1) here. […]

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