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I have recently bought Francis Chan’s new book ‘Letters to the Church’. Early on in the book he talks about the sacred mystery of the church. I quote:
‘There is no greater honour on earth than to be part of God’s church. When was the last time you were awestruck by the fact that you are part of Christ’s body? Have you ever marvelled at this privilege?
‘For no one ever hated his own flesh,
but nourishes and cherishes it,
just as Christ does the church,
because we are members of his body’
Every believer needs to stare at those verses long enough to be stunned. I mean really stunned. Paul referred to it as a profound mystery. If achievement is your idol, you won’t make time for mystery. You will rush to the next sentence so you can finish this book rather than meditate on the miracle that you are a human being who is currently joined to a God ‘who dwells in unapproachable light’ (1 Tim 6:16).
The sun is ninety-three million miles away, and you are unable to stare at it. You obviously can’t touch the sun and live, so how is it possible that we are currently attached to the One who shines brighter than the sun? High angels cover themselves with their wings in his presence (Isaiah 6:2) yet you are a member of His body. Why would someone so extraordinary choose to care for you like his own arm?’
Indeed! Take time to marvel! Take time to meditate on these extraordinary mysteries.