Charity Case

charity-bottlesEveryone is a Charity Case.  Charity is a virtue!

Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?  Mark 5:30 KJV

The virtue that comes out of Christ is still readily available.  One of the first places I look to touch the virtue of Christ is in Holy Communion.  I cling to the charity offered in the Covenant Meal. The charity I gain is because of my own poverty of virtue. The charity I dispense is out the wealth of what I have been given. Charity in Christ is like the oxygen mask on a plane…put your mask on first and then assist others.  Freely I receive, freely I give.

charityAnother area where I have received invaluable virtue is through he Body of Christ, the Church.  It is within the living dispensers of his presence in its manifold forms that I both can experience and express charity.  The rallying point in our community of faith is our charity one for another.  One of the things that we can imitate from the life of Christ is how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. Acts 10:38

Think about it in this way…I’m a hands on guy, so I touch people when I’m talking to them. It’s just a part of my mannerisms, yet I recognize it can make some people uncomfortable and I try to be sensitive. However, I fully expect the life giving presence, anointing, yoke breaking, healing love of Christ in me to be transferred through me to whoever I “lay hands on” even the most casual conversations. There is more going on than what meets beautiful-colorful-hands-heartthe eye.

So then, be who you are. Let Christ be who he is …the key is to allow Christ to be who he is through who you are. God is pleased to clothe himself with you.

About Michael Welchert

My wife Diana and I have been married since 1985 and have five wonderful children. I have been in ministry since 1980 and we currently reside in the Denver, CO area.
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