“Me and Jesus”

The year was 1972, and Tom T. (the Storyteller) Hall recorded his classic (I can’t believe I used the word classic to describe this song), Me and Jesus:

 

Me and Jesus, got our own thing goin’.

Me and Jesus, got it all worked out.

Me and Jesus, got our own thing goin’.

We don’t need anybody to tell us what it’s all about.

 

This bit of verse is unquestionably not on the level of “To be or not to be, that is the question…” but it could be the theme song for much of what passes as evangelicalism today. We live in a hyper-individualistic Christian culture which seems to sport the attitude, “All I need is my Bible (and I really don’t need much of it) and Jesus, and I’ll be just fine, thank you.” Sadly, we have lost sight of the importance of the Body of Christ in the life of the believer. Paul, understood the importance of the church when he addressed his first letter to the Corinthians:

 

1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,  2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours…(1 Corinthians 1:1-2)

 

Notice that he said Christians were “called to be saints together with all those who…call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Thus, there is no “Me and Jesus” individualism in the Bible. On the contrary, it speaks often of the fact that “we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Rom. 12:5)

 

Moreover, the Bible also has something to say about the line that opines, “We don’t need anybody to tell us what it’s all about”:

 

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,  12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,  13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,  14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. (Ephesians 4:11-14)

 

I am so grateful that the Lord has given unto us the “catholic [universal] and visible Church,” and that Christ has given unto it “the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world; and doth by his own presence and Spirit, according to his promise, make them effectual thereunto.” (WCF XXV.iii) By the way: Thanks, Mark, for preaching a great message yesterday on Ephesians 4!

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2 Comments

  1. April 21, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    I think that people started getting disappointed and hurt when they would walk into a church and see the people acting just as bad as (or sometimes worse than!!!) the people outside the church. But instead of holding their brothers and sisters accountable, they decided to just leave. And so now, we have a Bible-Belt full of emotionally scarred believers who aren’t edifying the Body, churches full of people who blend in just fine with the world, and and the lost staying that way because everyone is either too hurt to act or too complacent to care. The Body of Christ is a family, and in every family there is going to be some relative that just grates us. But, just as we don’t disown the family on account of that one relative, we cannot disown the entire Body on account of one sick body part.

    Wow….that took your point and completely condensed it to one specific circumstance. Sorry, I’ve been convicted of this very thing lately. Thanks for the word. And (I may have said this before) thanks for doing this blog. It’s been a blessing to be able to learn from you again. Tell Mrs. Dixie and the boys I said hey.

    • cliftonr said,

      April 21, 2009 at 5:39 PM

      And, we have to remember that God is at work sanctifying His Body by His Word and Spirit. Too often I am not patient enough to wait on God to do His work in the hearts of His people. The Larger Catechism says that Sanctification is “neither equal in all, nor in this life perfect in any, but growing [us all] up to perfection.” In other words, our sanctification takes place at different rates of speed. I need to give time for others to grow in grace…as I hope others give me time to grow in grace.


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