Friday, January 18, 2013

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

'Plugged to the Lord'
 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” (1 Cor. 6:17)

The good news from the Bible is that we are plugged in to the Lord: A Christian is not an isolated entity living out a solitary life in his own world. The life of Christian is inextricably linked with the life of Jesus. Each individual is connected to Jesus as a branch is connected to the vine (John 15). Jesus reminds us that we should always abide in Him as branches cannot bear fruits without being attached to the vine. If we remain in relation to Jesus, we will bear fruits and without Him we cannot do anything.
In book of Ephesians it is stated that as a hand or leg is connected to the body (Eph. 4:15-16), we are connected to the Lord. Christ is the head of church in which the whole body is joined together. Like any part of the body cannot function without the support of other parts of the body and controlled by the brain, we are all connected to the Lord and we cannot function without Him. We are the children of the light and not of the darkness. We are not ignorant since the Word has revealed to us the path to eternal life.
Similarly a spouse is connected to the other spouse (Eph. 5:31-32), we are connected to the Lord. In Ephesians it is stated that ‘For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.’  Church and Christ is joined together and they are co-existent each other. One cannot exist without the other and similarly we do not have any existence without our Lord. In fact, the truth is that as the Father is in Jesus, and He is in the Father, so are we "in" Christ, and He in us (John 17:20-26). Jesus wants us to live in Him like He lives in His Father. If live a life worthy to our Lord, the world will know that we live in Christ.
Finally, in the same way that the Father and the Son are connected to one another, so we are connected with the Son by the work of his Spirit. We are "joined to the Lord" (1 Cor. 6:17). It is not of our merit that we are joined with Christ, but it is because of the work of the Holy Spirit. Since Holy Spirit lives within us and our body is the temple of God and sin should not be within us. So, let us be plugged in to Lord and live a life worthy to God so that His name will be glorified.

Prayer:  Lord, transform us to as individuals living connected to you so that we may bear much fruit. Let the Holy Spirit indwells in us so that your name may be glorified through our lives. Amen.

 Lal Varghese, Dallas