Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | March 7, 2015

March 7, 2015 “Little Christs”

“And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 14-18)

 

 

 

Good Morning Everyone!

In yesterday’s post, I asked the question, “Whose Church is it anyway”? The conclusion we may draw from scripture is that it is the Lord’s Church…his bride. In today’s post, I’d like to share an observation regarding the Church that was made by one of my favorite Christian scholars and authors, C.S. Lewis. In the Christian classic, “Mere Christianity”, Lewis draws an insightful comparison between the purpose of government and the purpose of the Church. Lewis lays out a compelling case regarding their primary function. Here, in part, is his explanation:

“It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objects—education, building, missions, holding services. Just as it is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects—military, political, economic, and what not. But in a way things are much simpler than that. The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden— that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time. In the same way the Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.”

When Lewis suggests that the Church exists to make “Little Christs”, my understanding is that he is expressing the same thought as that of Paul to the Thessalonians in the verses referenced at the heading of this post. The Church exists to make disciples…students of Christ, or “Little Christs”…people who reflect more and more of Christ’s character… his love, his forgiveness, his goodness, his grace. I do not believe, as some have suggested, that we become Christ…for He alone is Lord, God, Savior, and King, but that we become reflections of Him as he dwells within our hearts. Lewis rightly notes that the church is not ultimately defined by buildings or sermons or its spiritual leaders, but by the proclamation of the Gospel for the salvation of humankind that there might be more disciples of Christ…more “Little Christs” in all nations. To his followers he gives the command, “Go and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Let’s Pray!

O Lord; My desire is to reflect Your nature in thought, word, and deed…to be a “Little Christ” myself that others may see Your goodness, holiness, and grace reflected in me. Dwell in my heart that I may be such a one, for this I pray in Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen!

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