The Sacramental Tradition

Alas, I will be completing my series on the 6 Christian traditions by sharing with you this month about the last stream; the Sacramental or Incarnational Tradition.  This tradition is truly where the rubber of your invisible spiritual life is expressed visibly on the road of your Christian walk, through the integration of the previous 5 traditions into everyday life. 

The word sacrament means, an outward sign of an inward grace.  In other words, the Sacramental tradition is the outward expression of the embodiment of the life of Christ within.  The Apostle Paul expresses this to the Galatians in chapter 2:20 by saying,  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Once we are born-again, Christ not only comes to live within us through the Holy Spirit, but He also manifests or incarnates Himself throughout us.  We, the Body of Christ are the visible evidence of Christ to the world as living epistles, written not with ink, but by the Spirit of the living Lord. 

The Lord, Jesus Christ incarnates His life through us, as we CHOOSE to allow Him to do so.  As the heavens declare the glory of God, we, His masterpieces, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, glorify Him, as we make it our aim to please the Lord by doing ALL we do for Him and through Him.  Making it a daily habit as Brother Lawrence, to practice the presence of God, in all we do, will not only bring benefits into our lives, but will also benefit others as He incarnates Himself through us.

 Although His omnipresence, as well as abiding presence is continually available to us, when we choose to focus intimately on Him, He will incarnate to us the manifestation of His presence. Spending them With God through worship, prayer, the Word, and fellowship is the secret to opening our hearts to receive increased awareness of His Presence. 

As we grow in sensitivity to His manifest presence, the most ordinary experiences can become extraordinary experiences of grace. When this occurs in my life I experience it as PEACE.  I feel His presence as a peaceful, soothing, calming, relaxing, all is well experience.  My questions and concerns vanish when He incarnates through my life. I am at true peace and tranquility. 

God invites us to climb into the landscape of our journey to breathe deeply with our lungs, to feel blood pulsating through our muscles, doing what they were made to do-experiencing the wonders of having a body with which to see, and hear, and smell, and taste, and touch this astonishing world.  Richard Foster

 -The Quilted Poetess

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