Summer 2012 Puerto Rico Blending Trip: Being Found in Christ
Today I was reading an excerpt this morning (Conclusion of the New Testament- Messages 135-156, Chapter 8):
"To be found in Christ actually means to be observed, seen, or discovered in Christ by others... It is one thing to have a doctrinal understanding of being found in Christ; it is quite another thing to be found in Christ in our daily living. Where we are when others observe us indicates the realm in which we live. If we live in our culture or in our good behavior, we shall be found in culture or in our behavior by others. In whatever realm we live, that is where we shall be seen, observed, and discovered by others."
When I was in Puerto Rico, I stayed with a family who served the Lord full-time on a nearby college campus. My morning reading today reminded me of them because during my stay in Humacao, I had observed, seen, and discovered this family in Christ.
|Our crew in Humacao|
In their neighborhood, there are several households who are either related to them by blood or by faith. These Christians live day-by-day and from-house-to-house church life (Acts 2:46). They have the heart to reach out to their closest relatives, friends, and neighbors. Their living unto the Lord is their daily living. There is no chance of living a double-life, one foot in the church and one foot in the world. It is not easy to be found in Christ in such an observable and practical way. Yet I think I have found the secret that would help us to be found in Christ in our daily living!
The secret is your community, that is, the Christians whom you are spiritually and practically related with.
The Lord said, "I am the vine and you are the branches," but have you noticed that vine tree bears fruit in clusters? Each part of that cluster is organically related to the ones right next to it through the life supply of the vine tree.