… But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Key point: The administration of our church is not about personal wants, needs, and/or comforts; it is about Christ working in us in unity more powerfully and triumphantly. The key to turn on this engine of our collective spiritual formation is our willingness to effectively teach, disciple, pursue, endure, and grow in Him as Lord. Allow the holiness of our Lord, His grace, His patience, understanding, faith, loyalty, goodness, and love to be exhibited in the leadership--not just by imitation, but with gratitude and submission, saved by His blood, kept by His power (1 Cor. 1:30; Col. 1:27; Gal. 5:21-23; 1 Pet. 1:5)!
We are no longer separated from God because of our sin; Jesus Christ has paid the debt by His Blood that we can be in relationship with Our Father. Do you realize what the Blood has done for us? Does your church? They need to know! Do you know the freedom and liberty you have in Christ? Do you realize the hope He gives you because He delivered you?
What we exemplify and teach is our Grace! We know it, we live it, we exercise it, and we teach it! As a Christian saved by the grace of God and faith in Christ Jesus, you are in Christ! Know this: You are deeply loved, forgiven and you really do matter! You are His; thus, Jesus wants to bestow onto you every spiritual blessing. Perhaps these are not the riches we see in the world; the blessings of Christ are far more effectual and eternal--a personal relationship with God and His empowerment! This gives us a real purpose flowing in and through us, touching our innermost being and touching others around us, too. So, we must take hold of who we are in Christ, honor His Holiness by our holiness, to do our best for His highest. We are to partake in His kindness that, He poured in and through us for His glory and Kingdom and personal impact.
What we exemplify and teach is we come from sin! All of us were His enemies and now, by Christ's work, He can call us His friends. All of humanity were strangers and separated by sin from God the Father, but now through Christ's sacrifice, this torn relationship is mended, and we have newness of life in God. Our evil thoughts and actions separated us, but now we are reconciled. Christ's death on the cross was the incredible act that made all this possible--our salvation, our place in eternity, and our contentment here and now--all and only because of what Christ did as a result of His shed blood (Col. 1:19-23).
What we exemplify and teach is what Christ has done for us! Jesus became "The Sacrificial Lamb," the only effective and ultimate sacrifice; He alone takes away the sins of the world. The sacrificial animal of the Passover in the Old Testament was the foreshadowing of what Christ would do and has done for us.
The price was invaluable and could not have been paid by human measures. He was Holy, blameless, pure. Jesus Christ became the perfect substitute, sacrificing Himself once for all. Because He was sinless, He did not have to make any personal atonement or sacrifice for His sins, which a human priest had to do. Now, Christ is our atonement cover; He really is these things, whereas the human representative could only pretend--to a point (Ex. 12:3; Isa. 53:7; John 1:29; 1 Cor. 5:7; Col. 1:19-23; Heb. 7:11-28; 9:12-14,26; 10:2, 10).
© 2016 R.J. Krejcir, Ph.D., Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development www.churchleadership.org/