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Seeds of the Kingdom

You are Christ’s Body

by David Cross

All of you are Christ's body, and each one is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27, GNB

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about being part of Christ’s body. I’ve come to realise in a new way that, as well as having a personal identity, I also have a new corporate identity, along with millions of other followers of Jesus, as the living body that daily demonstrates the authority, power and character of Christ on earth. Increasingly I’m understanding that we are not like a body; we are His body.

This is an awesome thought! Jesus Christ, the One to whom all authority has been given, has chosen to operate, by the Spirit, through me and everyone else who has received Him as Lord of their lives. What a privilege! What a challenge! What a responsibility to surrender my will to His will each day.

If I can really let Jesus have His way through that bit of His body which I represent, then a part of His Kingdom truly can come on earth as it is in heaven. Together with all the other parts, working in right order with each other, there should be no limit to what God could do in this desperate world.

No doubt the enemy hates the thought of this body of Christ exercising rightful and effective authority and power in a world over which Satan has been given rule, through sin. However, if I and all the other parts of the body let Jesus truly have His way and if we look for the Spirit to distribute the necessary gifting, surely miracles will follow. What an adventure!

Prayer: Jesus, You have entrusted to me and all the other parts of Your body on earth, the opportunity to let You operate through each one of us in order to establish Your Kingdom. I am ready to do my bit today. Amen.

David Cross David is Deputy International Director for Ellel Ministries, with particular responsibility for the Ellel centres in Western Europe. He is married to Denise and they have three grown up children and eight grandchildren. David has been a civil engineer and ski-touring instructor in the Highlands of Scotland. He is passionate about the teaching and practice of the healing and deliverance ministry of Jesus and has written several books: Soul Ties, Trapped by Control, God’s Covering, The Dangers of Alternative Ways to Healing(co-authored with John Berry), an A to Z Guide to the Healing Ministry, and, most recently, What`s Wrong with Human Rights? You can follow a daily thought from David on Twitter: @dmcross62

 

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