“For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.” [Mark 9:41]
The text for preaching on Sunday is Mark 9:38-41. And as I pray about and ponder this text I am caught by the phrase, “belong to Christ”.
And as I reflect on this phrase a few thoughts come to mind:
~ There is a big difference between Christ belonging to you and belonging to Christ.
~ Saying, “I’m a Christian” is not the same as belonging to Christ, often that simply reflects that Christ belongs to you.
~ If Christ belongs to you then you are in control of the relationship.
~If you belong to Christ, He is in control of the relationship, and you’re glad about that.
~ Belonging to Christ implies commitment and love.
~ Christ belonging to you implies manipulation.
~ If Christ belongs to you then you are less apt to share that which belongs to you.
~ If you belong to Christ you are more apt to shout this from the mountains tops and worship him.
Just a few thoughts as I prepare for the sermon on Sunday. What do you think? Does anything here resonant with you? What does it mean to you to say, “I belong to Christ”?
Here’s what it means to me:
Jesus is Lord of my life. He has saved me through his death and resurrection and therefore I owe him everything; especially including my very life. On my own I am weak and vulnerable but under Christ’s Lordship I am safe in his loving arms. But that’s not why I gather under his wings like chicks with a hen. I am drawn to Christ because of his awesome love for me; a love that I know will never fail despite the fact that I am a miserable sinner. And so therefore, I worship Christ and praise his name. I belong to Christ and gladly submit to him.
Now you’re turn…
Holy Father, thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ. My life is yours. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
The Pastor -|—