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ON THE ROAD TO ZION

How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head. Psalm 133:1–2

What is the life of the church? What makes it different from all other societies and organizations? The answer is Christ, He is the difference and our source of life. Recently, I found myself fixating on what I perceived as weaknesses or blemishes in our church. The Lord began to correct me only as He can, His correction came in the simplest yet most profound way. It was as if I heard a whisper throughout the day, during the preaching (we had a guest speaker that morning in church), and during the prayer time. The whispering voice just repeated one word, “Christ”. After a while I began to get it, it wasn’t about my gifts, our excellence of ministry, or really any human effort at all, the uniqueness and blessing of the church is simply Christ. He is all in all. After all, He is what makes us a true community marching on our way to the heavenly city. Here are some thoughts from Watchman Née on today’s verses.

“Psalm 133 is a Song of Ascents, sung three times a year by those going up to worship at Jerusalem. There were all kinds of people on that road, but they had one thing in common: they were all heading for Zion, the abode of God. These men in their great variety were all brothers in unity. How? The illustration explains. It is like the oil. There is one “holy anointing oil”: the Spirit of God Himself. And the flow of oil is down, not up! In other words, His anointing is not directly on the members but upon Christ the Head. The Spirit finds rest and satisfaction in Christ and nowhere else. Hold fast the Head, obey Him in all things, and you will be found walking in step with all who do the same.”
That’s it, Christ is the very life that we share together. In Christ we have revelation, encouragement, power, moral strength, compassion for the hurting, and love for our brother’s and sisters in Christ. Like the pilgrims of old in their journey to the joyful festivals in Jerusalem, we too are on the road, our destination is the Heavenly Jerusalem. Our journey will end in a place of joy and celebration, our joy in the journey increases with anticipation as we draw near to our destination.

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