Disciples of Christ, The True Church, & Twinkling Christmas Lights
As Christians around the world set up their decorations, take part in holiday celebrations, and giftwrap presents, we should all pause and reflect on what it means to be one of Christ’s disciples. As our post, ‘Silence Breakers,’ Season for Change, & #ChurchToo, shows, many souls have been hurt by those parading as “disciples.”
Those unworthy disciples have also distorted the gospel and damaged the name of Christ. The true church is not of any building. The true church is like a string of twinkling Christmas lights wrapped around the earth. These sparkling souls are beautiful, and they light up dark places. These twinkling souls are the worthy disciples of Christ. No man-made building can contain their light.
Jesus’ Sword & Disciples Like Doves
To all non-Christian friends who’ve witnessed the gospel of Christ being grossly distorted, I am sorry. Hate and apathy are not of Christ. Hateful action and apathetic inaction (under the pretext of “peace”) is not worthy of Christian discipleship. The Prince of Peace, Jesus, came not to send peace, but, instead, a metaphorical sword to fight against evil powers, evil deeds, and darkness. The sword of light had the effect of peace, inwardly, for all who accepted His gift.
Jesus called on his disciples to not only preach, but also to heal, to raise up, to cleanse, and to freely give. He commanded them to be “as wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” He also commanded they speak without fear, in light, shouting from the rooftops. This, he said, would make a disciple worthy of a righteous man’s reward.
As we remember Christ and partake in “Christian” activities in the days ahead, may we also walk, speak, and act worthy of His name. As we gather in the soft glow of sparkling Christmas lights, may we remember to shine our light wherever we go as true disciples of Jesus Christ.
From Matthew 10, here are Jesus’ own words (KJV):
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.
24 The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.