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Unsaved people all over the world are watching Christian believers, and most of the unsaved people don’t like what they see when they look at us. As Christ’s Body, we should be a powerful spiritual force, both in the CHURCH and in the world. Instead, because Christ’s Body has too many spiritually fraudulent Body of Christ members, His power and authority in the CHURCH and in the world appear to be either anemic or corrupt. With regard to our corrupt impression, to our shame, there are far too many of us who often behave more ruthlessly and malevolently than career criminals.

Indisputably, too many of us so-called believers lack the God kind of love that produces in us the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The unflattering truth about the way some Christians’ behaviors come across to the CHURCH and to the world is captured very well in “If We Are the Body” by Casting Crowns. In this group’s lyrics are the following five “why” questions: “If we are the Body, why aren’t His arms reaching? Why aren’t His hands healing? Why aren’t His Words teaching? If we are the Body, why aren’t His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a Way? Jesus is the Way!” Notice that Casting Crowns declares that “Jesus is the Way”—that ONLY our Lord’s atoning sacrifice and His parabolic teachings will be able to put an end to the false images spiritually fraudulent Body of Christ members portray!

For sure, if Jesus is the Way, then His true believers will not fail to show the CHURCH and the world that they are Christ’s real ambassadors. Ambassadors for Christ are the believers who consistently and unselfishly take care of, exhort, and encourage others. Ambassadors for Christ are God’s sons and daughters who work together to build up the CHURCH, who equip others to disciple and evangelize, and who live lives that reflect their individual “living epistle” holiness. So, during every Season of Giving, let the REAL Body of Christ—His Ambassadors, Saints—use their arms, hands, feet, mouths, hearts, and minds to display the kind of agape love that will make this lost world sit up and take notice. AMEN.

“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God…” (Ephesians 4:12-13a, KJV; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:27-28; 2 Corinthians 3:2 and 5:20).