Jesus Deficit Disorder

What happens when the Church gets distracted and Jesus is no longer the focus? Is the result a watered-down witness to the world?

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That’s the water tower – the mystery of God. It isn’t like an Agatha Christie mystery we have to figure out and decipher. It’s something that God has known forever, that He has kept hidden for generations, but has revealed by the Spirit to the Apostle, so that He can communicate it to us.

The mystery, my friends, is Christ – His person, His work on the cross and His resurrection. But it’s more than that. The mystery is the fact that this Christ, after He ascended into Heaven, comes to anyone who will bow to Him, and by His Spirit lives in them.

Paul writes in Galatians 2:20: “For I was crucified with Christ, and now I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” The indwelling Christ is the mystery, the water tower, the neglected gem of Christian orthodoxy. We should never, ever take our eyes off it.

The sailboat is a beautiful analogy of the Christian life. When you point it at the water tower, the sails fill with wind. When you point your life, your ministry, your church at Christ, the Spirit fills your sails, and not only do you greatly benefit, but everyone around you will as well.

Pete Briscoe is the senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas, and President of “Telling the Truth” media ministry. This article is adapted from a speech he made at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in 2013.

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