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On Being Dependent (Part 2)

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.

Picking up where I left off, there are two other aspects of being dependent I would like to briefly touch on.  Both parts involve the Body of Christ, those with whom we are being fitted together, formed into one new man, having been reconciled “in one body to God, through the cross” (Eph. 2:11-22).

The first aspect has to do with those who are dependent in a given situation.  In Part 1, I touched on how we are completely and utterly dependent on Jesus to reveal Himself to us and how life in Christ begins by us being completely dependent on Christ for everything.  Salvation, redemption, justification, sanctification…none of these are works we bring about in ourselves.  Only Christ can bring them about.  When we recognize this, we begin to understand, in part, the sufficiency of Jesus Christ.

Another aspect of being dependent.

Many saints will labor and toil before the Lord because of a need in their lives, pleading and begging for Him to meet it.  They will spend hours of days going before the Lord on some issue they need resolved or some decision they need guidance on.  But in all of their toil, in all of their prayers, they do not consider turning to the Body of Christ, the Church, for any kind of assistance with their need.

There may be many reasons why saints would not turn to the Body of Christ, the Church, to have their need met, whatever that need may be.  But regardless of what the reasoning may be, if we are unwilling to turn to the Body of Christ, we are doing a great disservice to our brothers and sisters in the Lord.  We are missing out on an experience with the saints that the Lord fully intended us to experience for the benefit of all involved.  That benefit being one of coming to know the Lord more through sharing the need and as well as sharing burden of meeting the need with one another.  If we turn to others, bringing our need for help, guidance, or support, we are acknowledging our lack, our inability to handle things on our own, our inadequacy to figure it out or resolve the issue.  We must humble ourselves to come before a brother/sister and confess we are not able, we have no means in or of ourselves to be provision.  Truly, isn’t this what we are admitting when we turn to the Lord in any matter?

The reality is…this is a very healthy place to be.

So we must be willing to turn to our brothers and sisters in the Lord.  We must be willing to share our needs with one another and give each other the opportunity to know the Lord more through these experiences.  We must be willing to allow the Body of Christ to express His life to us.

The other side of the coin.

On the flip side of being willing to confess our needs to our brothers and sisters in the Lord, there is the position of being willing to be approached about a need.  There is the position of being willing to help, being willing to listen and understand the scope of a situation.   And we must be willing to consider what the Lord’s way is to be provision to those in need and allow His life to be lived in and through us to those who have expressed their need.

This “position” is one of humility.  But we must understand, we do not arrive at this point simply by telling others they can come to us if they have a need.  No, instead it is a recognition, a realization that we are in the exact same position as everyone else; in need.  Granted, the actual need we have may look different than the need of another, but that is beside the point.  The point is we are all in need and the only way our need will ever be met is by the person of Jesus Christ.

He is the all sufficient.

He is the supply and the provision.  All lack, all want, all need can and has been met in the person of Jesus Christ.  Our recognition of Christ as all, as well as that of our common ground of being in need is what brings us to the point of humility.  In Christ we see and understand He alone is provision.  In our brothers and sisters we see and understand that we each have the same inadequacy, incapability of being able to attain provision or supply the means to meet our own need or anyone else’s need.  We see that we all have the same need, though it may look different in any given situation.

He is provision.

All need is met in the person of Jesus Christ.  When we realize this, we understand that when someone shares their need with us we can and must rely totally on the person of Jesus Christ to express His life in and through us in order for that need to be met.  We have nothing in and of ourselves to meet any need.  But Christ, this glorious Christ who loves us and gave Himself up for us, is the provision, the supply, the fulfillment of all we will ever have need of.

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