Monday, 26 March 2012

What Christ is to the Christian

He is a Shield...
A shield is used to protect the one behind it from the harmful things that are coming towards them.  Christ protects us from the harmful and poisonous things that Satan tries to throw into us, to wound us and bring us down and ruin our testimony, but Christ helps us to withstand them.

He is a Balm...
When we are wounded and hurting, Christ soothes us with ointment form His Word, or from other believers saying things of comfort to us.  His balm is far more effective than any other thing that we might try and always works on every wound we get.

He is a Door...
Like the Shield, a door protects us from harm, and wolves that would seek to kill us.  But unlike the Shield - which is a picture of Christians being warriors - a Door pictures us as Christ’s sheep in the fold, and Christ - as the God Shepherd - at the opening in the fold, standing there and stopping any wolves or other predators coming in and killing the flock.

He is an Anchor...
As an Anchor, Christ keeps us from drifting when contrary winds come blowing upon us.  He keeps us secure and it doesn’t matter what storms we may face in life, we can rest assured that with Christ as our Anchor, we wont’ sink, or get blown off course.

He is a Friend...
Christ is my Friend.  He is all the things that anybody ever wants in a friend, plus so much more; and the best part is that you can talk to Him any time - day or night - and you don’t have to worry that he’ll get angry with you for wanting to talk to Him at 3:30 in the morning or at 3:30 in the afternoon - He is available for everybody and anybody 24/7, and you can share with Him your deepest sorrows and your highest joys and everything in between.

He is a Light...
Although a light, Christ only often shows us only little step at a time, and is like a small torch, not the Sun that lightens up everything, although He can do that, too, if He desires.  But He wants His children - us - to learn the valuable lessons of faith and trust, and one way He does that is only using a small amount of light to show us where to go, so we have to trust Him that He knows where He’s taking us, even though we can’t see where we’re going...it’s like going outside on the darkest night and there’s no lights shining, and you can’t see what’s in front of you and you only have this small pocket torch to use...these torches aren’t really good for shining long distances, but for shining right in front of you, they’re perfect!  The same with the Lord being a Light.  He only shines enough in front of us so it seems that we can only see our feet, but when we walk, He lights up a bit more...and a bit more...until we get to our destination.

He is a Loving Giver...
Christ loves us with inexpressible love, and this love cannot be measured...there is such a depth and height and width to His love for us that we can never begin to imagine the fullness of it, but we are experiencing it.  He gives us many daily gifts as proofs of His love for us - sweet-smelling flowers, warm sun, soaking rain, loving family, beautiful friends, warm homes, His Word the Bible, salvation, and above all, a life to live for Him.  There are many more things that He has lovingly given to us that the list would be - and is - endless.  Even just the simple things are gifts from Him!

As you go through your Christian life, may you daily grow closer to the One Who has saved you from a life of misery, sin, and ultimate death, and to continually get to know our Saviour more fully, and experience to the fullest all these attributes of Christ, plus all the other attributes that belong to Him.

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