LABOR PAINS

Our pregnant model Samantha Meeks

I’ve been feeling a bit frustrated lately, but I think it just dawned on me what it is. There are a number of people in my life that I know are believers in Christ and love God, but they don’t quite understand the fullness of what God has done for and in them. The Apostle Paul dealt with the same thing. He wrote the Galatians and said, “My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you.”

More and more I am seeing that my frustration comes from a desire for my fellow believers to know Christ in them. I’m not talking about just believing Christ can or did save them; I’m talking about him living his life in and through them.

There are so many that think Christ is there to “help them.” That may be a good start but that isn’t at all what God intends for their life. He isn’t into helping us he is into living in and through us. At first Jesus did tell his disciples he would send another helper to come alongside them. When it came right down to it though he told them He, the Father and the Spirit would take up residence within them. Thus fulfilling the promise given way back in Ezekiel 36:26-27: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you will be careful to observe my ordinances.”

Jesus went on to use the illustration of vine and branch to describe our relationship with him. He said, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” While being a branch is great it really is only there to express the life of the vine is it not? I mean without the vine the branch couldn’t do anything but wither and dry up. We really are a vessel meant to be an expression of Christ to the world around us. A branch would never think the vine is there to help it would it? No. It would only forever be focused on the vine and letting the life of the vine flow through.

Sometimes I think the modern church is really only some new version of the Old Testament Temple. We have this idea that God lives in a building and every week we are to go meet with him there. I’m telling you that is a lie! Listen to what God says as recorded in Isaiah 66:1 thus says the Lord, “Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool. Where then is a house you could build for me?” I for one think Paul had it right. He knew God’s intention was to take up residence within each of his believers. Paul even said, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

Let me conclude by saying this. If you are sensing a frustration because of “church as usual” never fear! Maybe it’s really birth pains. Paul described his feelings as “labor” in longing for Christ to be formed in the Galatians. What if this is the pains just before a great awakening, or birthing, in the very ones you are praying for?

Written by Louie

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8 thoughts on “LABOR PAINS

  1. Hi guys!

    Just wanted to say I so understand and have been struggling with the same thing for some time.  

    May it bring you comfort knowing there are others who understand and who are going through the same thing.

    Loving you both in Christ Suzy Lovell 🙂

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note™, an AT&T LTE smartphoneLouieandTracey wrote:

    • Amen!! Thanks Suzy we know it seems to be a part of it. I’m reminded of Elijah and how he cried to God that he was the only one serving him and God responded that he had 7,000 others that hadn’t bowed their knee to Baal. Sometimes it does seem like you are the only one and it is good to remember there are plenty of others.
      Thanks so much,
      Louie

  2. yea louie i feel the same frustration but i must remember that i was into the same position for 26 yrs. myself until the day of sept.11 2001–that was the day god showed me that it was him in me living the christian life not me–the last 11 yrs. has been a total different ballgame–but the only way i came to realize it was for god to pull the rug out from under my feet and knock me to the ground–now instead of an epistemological faith i have an ontological faith= reality

    • That’s right Kenneth. It is like a birth and it is only going to take place when God decides it is their birthday!
      By the way if you don’t mind me asking, how did you come across our blog?
      Thanks again,
      Louie

      • i get the liberating secret newsletter on my e/mail every month and i read an article you had on there–that led me to your blog.

      • Oh, okay. Sometimes I am just a bit curious about things like that thanks for telling me. It is truly an amazing world we live in isn’t it? I can sit in my house and write and the whole world can be affected by it in there own home.

        thanks,
        Louie

  3. After reading this post, I feel so inspired. Powerful and humbling words to think about. Who are we that God should live within us? But what a blessing that He can.

    • Thank you so much for the encouraging words. You are so right! It seems too good to be true sometimes that “It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
      thanks again Holly,
      Louie

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