…on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you. (2 Corinthians 1:14)
The real glory of the church is distilled into these words. True, on a given Sunday, the church doesn’t seem to merit such boasting. She looks like nothing more than a rag-tag collection of rehabilitated sinners gathered in weakness to worship an invisible God. In the eyes of the world, that’s complete foolishness.
And yet the church as we experience it today abounds with the glory of Christ, which is something that the apostle Paul well understood. Seeing past the mere appearance of things, he anticipated that on the last day, when all are gathered at the throne of heaven, he would find himself boasting of the Corinthian Christians and they of him. Why? Because he viewed the church through the eyes of eternity, and what he saw was glorious: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27).
The glory of the church is Christ in you and Christ in me gathered as one to worship Him. In this way, each of us is a “bringer” of the presence of Christ. This means that coming to church is of crucial importance for each of us. You offer His glory to others in a way that no one else can and so do I. This is by God’s good and providential design: “God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as He chose” (1 Cor. 12:18). LifePoint needs you and you need LifePoint.
We don’t often think of one another that way—as unique bringers of Christ’s presence knit together by God’s design—but it’s true. When we realize this about ourselves and others, the glory of Christ will abound among us more and more as we worship together each week. And that’s what we need most—the glory of Christ transforming us and making us more like Him. In other words, we need More Jesus.
How might this change the way you treat those with whom you worship each week? Shouldn’t it make a difference in the way you serve, greet, encourage, and give to them? Shouldn’t it make you excited to celebrate evidence of God’s work in them whenever you see it?
Christ in you and Christ in me is worthy of a good boast. Paul knew it. Do you? As we gather this Sunday, look around the room through the eyes of eternity and you’ll see the glory. You won’t be able to un-see it. It will get in your bones and cause you to worship with a heart that’s big enough to include a joyful boast in those who worship next to you; Christ dwells in them, after all. Therefore, to boast of them is to boast of Christ. And like Paul said, we’ll spend a lot of time doing that when we meet in eternity. So we might as well start getting used to it now, right?
Set List for Sunday, September 09, 2018:
God Undefeatable (M. Carter, A. Ivey, R. King)
O Praise The Name (B. Hastings, M. Sampson, D. Ussher)
It Is Well (H. Spafford)
Living Hope (B. Johnson, P. Wickham)
Jesus Paid It All by Passion (J. Grape, E. Hall, A. Nifong)