The Beautiful Body of Christ

The longer I walk with the Lord, the more I see, recognize, and appreciate the beauty ofBride of Christ His body. Of course, His body is far from perfect; in fact, it is dysfunctional in many ways. It’s easy to see the problems and issues because we are all in the process of being healed, restored, sanctified, and conformed into His image. No one that I know of, especially myself has arrived. Yet Jesus is overwhelmingly passionate for us, His bride, even in our flawed, broken, and immature condition. It is impossible to truly love Jesus and not love His people, including pre-Christians.

We see whatever it is we are looking for, whether it is in others or in our lives in general. If we are wounded, we will likely have a very negative view of just about everything – people, situations, and life. The more we are healed, the better we are able to see more clearly. Instead of fault finding, we begin looking for the glory of God in others. The more we seek to discover the treasure God has placed in everyone, the more we will find it and stand in awe of His amazing mercy and grace.

I am continually amazed when I watch my brothers and sisters in Christ. I have the awesome privilege of working with some truly gifted and anointed believers of all ages. So often, they say things that literally astound me…things I would never have seen or thought of. Some have tremendous gifts to lead worship and usher in the manifest presence of God. Others often have a word of encouragement at a time it is desperately needed. I know some that can pray with such power and authority that the very throne room of heaven is opened and listening intently. Many love to humbly serve in the background, unnoticed by most, but greatly esteemed by their Father.

When the gifts of the Spirit are freely flowing among a group, the beauty of the Lord is overwhelming. There is nothing more glorious than seeing the body function as Jesus intended and enabled us to. It is at times like these that I feel God’s all-consuming love for His people as He smiles over us with great pleasure. It often brings me to tears. If His body is this beautiful in our weak, broken, and immature state, imagine what we will be like when we are finally perfected in Him! We will be the most beautiful creation ever seen in heaven or earth. This is where we are going, beloved. This is our high calling and destiny! To be a bride worthy of the King of kings and Lord of lords; the Son who will reign forever and ever, with us by His side.

The really amazing part is that He sees us that way already. He sees where we are, and He sees where He is taking us. He is totally committed to finishing what He began at creation. He is fully able to accomplish what is impossible for us. He is preparing us even now. Look with His eyes, feel with His heart, and you will see it too.


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Author Charlene Hughes - Lover of Jesus, wife, mother, author, founder of Restoration A.C.T.S., and Young Living Executive Leader/Distributor

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