“Christ, the Perfect Lover as well as perfect love, is longing and knocking to come within and to fill us to overflowing with this love, righteousness and justice. So as we receive the Lover and His love and give His love to all, we become loving; and through love, righteousness and justice we are in oneness with Him.”
The quote above is from a 1952 speech given by author, preacher and bible teacher, J. Rufus Moseley. In this speech titled “How to Enter, Abide and Increase in Union with Jesus Christ” he spoke on ways to understand deeper union with The Lord. Many have said Moseley was a bit, oh, crazy.. and I can certainly see why. He is a passionate speaker who can get on a subject and just run. But I find I only grow more fond of his writings the more I read them. He is full of joy, speaks the truth (as far as I have personally found) and calls us to do what The Lord first commanded. As iron sharpens iron so one follower can sharpen another, and his words help pull me back to the middle just as well as my own pastor, or any of my favorite women’s study teachers.
This particular speech spoke on abiding in the form of constant communion. As a member of a nondenominational church, I do not take bread and wine communion regularly. But I do enter into communion regularly through prayer, study and continual seeking. I engage in fellowship with a core group of women, I volunteer at church, and I strive to know Him as much as possible. Lately, however, I realized I was missing one key part of truly abiding in Christ, and that is loving as He loved.
Moseley touches on this in the same speech:
There are many approaches by which you can enter into spiritual union with Christ, but since Yahweh is lovingkindness, justice and righteousness, perhaps the easiest approach of all is to live a life of lovingkindness, justice and righteousness.
These words convict me and bring me to the realization that, though I am a follower, I do not always exude what it is to be a follower. I am impatient, selfish and defensive on a daily basis. It is a daily struggle to live as Christ. And though I know He does not command perfection.. I do know that He commands me to love. It is hard work to reach out past my pride zone and open my heart to others; to answer when they are knocking. But continual communion with The Lord really does have the power to strengthen us.
In Luke 22:19 we read that Jesus poured wine, broke bread, and left us with the command to “do this in remembrance of me.” I believe He said this with compassion, knowing we would surely falter on a daily basis and need to reconnect with Him. By this point He had experienced enough of the physical world to understand how difficult it would be for His children to stay on course. He loved us enough to give us a way to come back to those final moments with Him, though vicariously, and engage in a highly intimate moment which would fill us, and empower us to be able to give that much more.
Entering into communion with Christ calls for love, and every increase in our love is an increase in communion with them (Father & Son), and every increase in communion makes it easier to love.
So how do you enter into communion? How do you take your time each day to remember His spilled blood, broken body and heavy cross? How do you take that inside and let it become your life-sustaining heartbeat?
And if you don’t, think of ways that you can. Our relationship was meant to be unique, and the way He knocks on your heart will be much different than the way He knocks on the heart of anyone else.
Listen for Him, answer Him, and dine with Him.
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