With Eyes Set Only upon Jesus

May 31, 2017

Ephesians 4:1-6

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

With Eyes Set Only upon Jesus

Set your eyes on none other than Jesus Christ, the high priest of your confession, for He alone is the author and the finisher of your faith.  Many eyes are upon men, but no man can save you or transform you.  There is one new man of which all the saints are a part.  It operates out of the Spirit and anointing of Christ.  It moves in accordance as the head directs it and energizes it with His power and life. 

“It is not man that you are to be mindful of says the Lord, it is Me.  Set your eyes upon Me for I will not disappoint you.” 

Man will always disappoint.   Follow after the example of Christ you see in others, but know that they are subject to the same weaknesses and frailties as you. 

Jesus says there is only One good,  God the Father.   Our goodness is only in the measure that the Father expresses His righteousness through us by faith.  Christ in you, that is your righteousness.  The spirit of a man may be willing, but his flesh is sometimes weak.  In all your ways, set your eyes upon Jesus.  He is your Savior and Messiah. 

Many are hurt and wounded in the body of Christ, because they have lifted up the man of God, rather than the Christ in him.  When the man falls down, often the faith of the those looking to him falls with him.  We do want to respect and hold in honor those who are spiritual leaders.  While they may guide us and teach us, they can not save us.  Never transfer upon them what only Christ can do for you.  Our faith should never be moved by what happens to man.  They walk by the same grace that holds you and I.  Pray for them that they would not fall, for they are often under great attack and pressure.  It is not our criticisms that will stay them, it is our prayers and intercessions for them.  They bear the same infirmities and weaknesses as we do, but the burden of responsibility is so much greater upon them. 

We are a body that under-girds one another, upholds one another, ministers and serves one another.  What we give to leadership in prayer and support is every bit as important as what they can impart back spiritually.  A true leader is not a lord, they are a servant.  Their burden and responsibility are the ones they serve.  Likewise the ones they serve have the responsibility to encourage, support and pray for them that serve in this office.  None of us are above another, but some do carry greater responsibility.  We all have the responsibility to help them to stand, not alone, but with the strength of our gifts (spiritually and monetarily) and our prayers. 

Call no man Father, for you have but one Father, but know that there are those that father you in the faith and help you to grow in the likeness of Him.  Respect and honor them, but do not set your faith and trust in them, but in the Christ they have led you to know and believe in. 

This is no longer a day of big names and men of renown.  It is a day when the kingdom is at work in the body of Christ teaching each of us to function in our gifts and callings.  Each of us needs one another, for together, with Christ who  is our head, we make up the whole new man in Christ Jesus.  

Beloved, love one another, care for one another and pray for one another.  Honor and pray for those that labor over you.  Ephesians 4:11-13 tells us, ” It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  It is time for the body to grow up into the fullness of what God has called us to be in Christ.  Ephesians 4:4 reminds us, “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 

Let us all flow in the unity of that one Lord who has loved us and gave Himself for us.  Ephesians 4:25-32 goes on to exhort us in our behavior toward one another. ” Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” 

We are one another’s keepers.  Lift each one up in the faith, in love and prayer He has called us too.  In Him we are one man and one body.

blessings,

#kent

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