Christ’s Yoke becomes EASY and His Burden becomes LIGHT for us to carry when we wholeheartedly accept that men AND women are the Lord’s co-laborers in the Kingdom of God, as well as when we volunteer to help fellow workers of both genders minister to others. Our acceptance and assistance not only are reflective of the love we have for one another but also are reflective of the love we have for our Savior and our Father.
There can be no doubt that the way Christ Jesus uses the word Ekklesia, when He declares to Peter that the Lord would be the foundation upon which Christ Himself would build His Community of believers, is to express His original intent for His Ekklesia. That original intent for His Ekklesia is that the Lord expects every Ekklesia to be a Community of believers—disciples who not only are concerned about the world, from a Christ-like perspective, but also are representing the Kingdom of God on this Earth in such a way that they are causing the entire world to conform to the culture of the Lord’s Ekklesia. In other words, Christ Jesus’ original intent for His Ekklesia is that each Community of called-out believers would be changing the world until everyone in the world begins to walk, talk, and act like true believers in Christ are supposed to walk, talk, and act.
Are we the true salt and the true light? Are we intimately communicating with God? Have we quenched and/or grieved the Holy Spirit? Has our sanctification process stopped?
Let our lives be the true reflection of His Light in us (God’s Holy Spirit). Only the Holy Spirit can help us to be an effective ‘light’ in this currently dark world.