Where exactly does the Lord want to transport me to?
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God did not take us to a place where we suffer His wrath. A lot of Christians need to hear this.
The Lord takes us into His salvation. He has taken us to a place where we can receive healing, prosperity, grace, joy, peace, as well as all the other blessings which He paid for on the cross. That’s why He wants to set you apart. He wants life for us – not death.
Too many believers picture God as someone just waiting for us to mess up so He can “zap” us. That’s not the God we serve. Christ has done everything needed for us to live in the divine blessing of His love and acceptance. We need to see that as a completed work in Christ.
But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
1 Corinthians 12:18
This is another great truth of Scripture.
The Lord takes us to His body. We need to understand what it means to be part of a body. It’s very different from being part of a collection. In a collection everything is independent from each other.
I have a postage stamp collection. If I’m missing a certain stamp, I say, “Someday it would be nice to get it.”
That’s not how the church should operate. In a body, all the parts depend upon all the others. A person that’s missing a hand is at a disadvantage.
Stamp collections can be arranged in many different ways – by topic, color, country, value, etc. In a body every part has only one place where it belongs. This means that I must let God place me where He wants me.
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.
1 Timothy 1:12
This is the final place we’re transported to.
The Lord takes us to His service. This is an incredible verse. God has endued me with His power so that now He can put His faith in me. He wants to trust me and place me in His service.
What a privilege – I can serve God as a well-pleasing servant. I don’t serve out of fear, but love. He has provided all that I need to serve Him acceptably. I can know and do His will.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Paul had a goal. He wanted to pursue His calling in Christ. He did this so that he could take hold of that for which Christ had taken him. Christ wants me for a reason. I want to find out what that reason is.
This should be the attitude of every believer. Pursue the knowledge of why God has chosen you for His service.
Question: What is your place in the body of Christ?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014