Survival of a Local Church Dependent on Christ

Weekly Digest - Sun, 24 Mar, 2019

As a local Church made up of individual baptized believers voluntarily coming together as a family of God, we are very much daily dependent on Jesus Christ to be dynamic and effective in our faith commitment. For the best of us spiritually speaking, our sinful flesh still plays a role in our life. We still commit the sin of omission or commission, intentional or by chance unintended. We are sometimes shortsighted, trusting in our own strength and wisdom to do the work of the Holy Spirit instead of depending on Him. Against trusting in our own power, the word of God admonishes, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord’ (Zechariah 4:6). And   the Lord Jesus Himself said to us as His disciples, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit, apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 5:7). Prophet Jeremiah declared the word, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. . . But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him” (Jeremiah 17:5, 7).

                We all must come to admit that if indeed we have been genuinely transformed and made anew to become children of God as a result of faith in Jesus Christ, He must henceforth be not only our Savior, but also the Master of our Life (Romans 12:1-2). There are four essentials that ought to become an integral part of our life daily. The first is hearing from God daily through meditation on His word, the Holy Bible where He reveals His will, purpose and direction for our acting on the word by the enablement of the Holy Spirit. It is a very sad note hearing the most recent statistics that only 13% of church people meditate on God’s word daily. The second essential for our spiritual development is through the power of prayer, talking back with God and asking Him for strength and wisdom to do His will. The third essential is being actively involved in His Church, serving Him faithfully with our spiritual gifts and resources of time and money. The fourth is the consciousness to be a living and daily witness and ambassador of Christ through our speech and actions daily wherever we are so others can see the light of God in us and glorify Him. To neglect any of these four essentials is making ourselves a prey to Satan. I pray God’s grace for us dependent on and  living for Christ daily.                                                                                                 Dr. Johnson Omoni