“What Is It That Knowing Christ Does For You Right Now?”

I can no longer remember how I heard this question. Was it asked of me? Or, did someone else simply tell me about it? I honestly can’t remember. I have pondered the question over and over. This question needs to be asked, and it certainly demands an answer.

“What is it that knowing Christ does for you right now?”

This is one of the most insightful questions that can be asked. It assumes that Christ can make a difference. People without Christ want to know what Christ can do for them now. We know that they should be concerned about eternity, but they are really not particularly concerned about the future. They are concerned about right now.

People apart from God want to know if there is life before death.

I believe Christ can make a difference now and a difference for eternity.

Here’s how I answer the question. In Christ I have experienced many wonderful blessings, but these are the two that stand out to me right now.

First, because of Christ in my life I have never felt alone. I certainly have been lonely from time to time, I cannot ever remember feeling alone. When I simply and sincerely asked Jesus in my life, He came to dwell with me and has never forsaken me. I have always known that He is with me. Who would ever choose the alternative? To know that the God of the universe knows your name as well as your DNA sequence is an amazing thought. He cares for you.

Second, because of Christ in my life I have never been without hope. As long as there is God, there is hope. I know that my redeemer lives, and I know that He is working out my future. No matter what happens (isn’t it amazing how much can happen in a short lifetime?), God is working for my good. I love Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. . .” Because of Him, we can look at the world hopefully and with confidence. He is working for our good.

May you and I work for His glory.

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  1. It was many years ago I stood at the graveside with Noal, 30 years my senior. He served the Lord as a Sunday School teacher with his wife and also served as the Scripture Secretary in the Gideon Camp of which I served as President. He was a rugged strong man who Loved the Lord. His wife had a bad cold. He heard her choking from the next room and ran to her; but he couldn’t get her to breath. He prayed and called out and keep saying Romans 8:28 over and over again. And yes, he tried to clear her air passage. He called 911. That day by her grave this strong quiet courageous man of God cried on my shoulder. His mantra was “How is this good?” I cried with him and held him for a long while. “We don’t know how this is good from where we stand right now,” is all I could come up with to say. It has been many years. I have seen a lot of senseless events, experienced a few up close and personal; dealing with some right now. Perhaps if all the parts of the Body/Church worked as God intended, as the Apostle Paul described, such senseless events would not happen. That being the case, we all contribute to the pain and suffering in each other’s lives that need not be. May we put Christ to work in working out our own salvation in the context of the Body/Bride of Christ: “everyone members one of another.” Romans 12:5 AMEN How are you different? How do we serve Christ in the harmony of the symphony He wrote for us?

    Thank you Dr. Bailey! Some members of the Body are easier to identify than others but “all are necessary,” as I’ve heard you say many times.

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