Who is Jesus Christ?
Loving. Compassionate. Sacrificial. Kind. Good. Forgiving. Joyful. Whole. Safe. All of these words describe the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the epitome of all that is good, meaningful, and eternal. And since the beginning of time, humankind has desired everything Jesus is without knowing it and without most of us realizing it, God has generously given Jesus to us. You see, Jesus walked the earth, hungered for food, and needed rest just like any other human being. He felt sadness and joy and anger, just like any other human being. He endured abuse and pain and also witnessed others endure both just like any other human being. But unlike many human beings, He never failed to generously love and help others - even those who hurt Him. Never has there been, or will there be another like Him. He is a man like no other.
Jesus was also born to a virgin mother. He was also sinless. Jesus also had the power to raise people from the dead, to instantly heal them of disease, and to empower them to choose to live a life of supreme abundance. He also rose from the dead. He was not captive to the limitations humankind knows so well. When the angel Gabriel told His earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, that they would have the privilege of parenting Jesus, they were shocked. They could not understand how such a thing would come to pass since they had not yet been intimate with other. However, eventually, they submitted to God's plan because they trusted Him with every aspect of their life. In Matthew 1:23, in the account where Gabriel informed Jesus' earthly father, Joseph, about Jesus's impending birth, it says: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us)" (ESV). Jesus was born to a virgin mother, sinless, and so powerful over all of creation that He healed people and raised them from the dead, and was not captive to any human limitations even His own death because He is not only a man like no other, but He is also God.
Jesus does not fit into the nice little categories we like to put people and things and life events into in our minds, but that doesn't change who He is. Jesus is far more glorious and beautiful than anyone could ever comprehend, yet He is relatable and trustworthy and therefore our safe place. He is everything we desire...everything we need...we just need to accept that universal fact for what it is: Truth.
What is He Calling Me To Do?
The easiest way to understand what Jesus is calling us to do is to look back at His interaction with people. Jesus came to earth not only to pay for the sins of the World but to connect with people. One account we have is found in the Bible, John chapter 4. Jesus has a conversation with a women that has a very different lifestyle than his own. This women would not only be an outcast among Jesus' people but among her own people as well. Jesus does not try to convince her of his lifestyle or his religion. Jesus focuses on what is most important to Him: the Truth.
"Yet a time is coming and has now come when true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks."
Jesus is calling us to be true in our relationship with Him. The simple steps Jesus Christ calls us to is to first confess we need Him, by admitting we have sin in our life; Second ask Him to forgive us and enter into our heart; and lastly to live a life in continued relationship with Him. As we draw near to Him, we discover the deeper plan and purpose for our life.
Where is He Connecting Me in My Community?
Where is God calling me in the community?
Indeed God is calling people from around the world to become part of a body of believers which some even call, community. I see this community as a body of believers that make up the personality of Christ with many wonderful gifts, bestowed upon them from heaven, to serve and minister to others.
5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.
7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.
8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Romans 12:5-8 (NLT2)
So, where is God calling you to fit in the community? Well, only God knows that. But what I can tell you is, it starts with Christ.It starts with understanding who He is, and that He gives gifts to His people to serve in His community.
5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
7 However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.
8 That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” Ephesians 4:5-8 (NLT2)