Incarnational living

“Incarnation,” according to Scripture, means “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:14).  This means that God came to us while we were far from Him.  We know that God pursued us through His Son Jesus Christ.  We were not going to look for God; He had to seek us.  Could it be that the word “us” means the everyday common people?  The people that are easily forgotten by the world and the Church?  Likely.  God was willing to “dwell among us” to bring us love, healing, meet our needs, deliver us from bondage, and to give us everlasting life.  Love caused Him to seek us. 

What does this mean for the Church?  If we say that the Lord lives in our hearts, then read how Paul says that are hearts and attitudes are like,  in Philippians 2:5-11, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

To understand how to apply these verses means we must go to Philippians 2:1-4, “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” 

 All Church members, that means those who are part of the Body of Christ, are you taking part in Incarnational living?  This means going to those who are outside of the Kingdom.  We are the Embodiment of Jesus Christ who is in the world today through His Church.  If this is so, then could this mean that the Church is supposed to have more of a hand in seeking the poor and downcast?  Are Christians really getting outside of the walls of the church the other 6 days a week?  Are we remaining part of the Body of Christ those days?  Are we in trouble with God? 

Most churches can measure this by the attendence of new people to their services.  If the church is consistently not gaining any outsiders than is that church acting like the Church?  I suspect that American Christians are falling short for the most part on this subject.  What if Jesus expects more than just simply repeating The Sinner’s Prayer?”  If so, there is trouble ahead.  And we are blind mice. 

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