We Experience Dryness When We Go Without Christian
Col 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of
all principality and power.
A good friend of mine
experienced "dryness" when his job forced him to go without
Christian fellowship for a few weeks. He wondered, did this
mean he was not complete in Christ? His question got me
Like him, I have also
experienced "dryness" when I go for a time without the
fellowship of God's people. In the verse above, the word
"you" in "you are complete in Him" is plural. That signifies
all of us. I think that my friend, and all true believers, are
complete in Christ, just as the verse above says.
is fully experienced only through abiding in
Christ. As we abide, there is a vertical flow of life that
flows from the head into the body. There is also a
horizontal flow of life - of the Holy Spirit - from one
member of the body of Christ to another. This
is represented by the laying on of hands, which Hebrews
six calls a basic or foundational doctrine of the faith.
When I experienced this dryness I inwardly sensed that the
horizontal flow of life had been cut off.
A mysterious and
wonderful passage is Ephesians 1:22-23:
God has put all
things under His feet, and has appointed Him universal and
supreme Head of the Church, which is His Body, the
completeness of Him who everywhere fills the universe with
We are complete in
Christ, but Christ experiences His completeness through...
us! How cool is that! Doesn't that make you feel
If He fills His body,
then we can experience Him through other members of His body.
Is that one reason why we feel dry -like something is missing
- without Christian fellowship? I know it is a blessing I
don't want to be without. And I don't think God wants us to be
without it, either, since he commanded us not to forsake the
assembling of ourselves together. But like my friend, I do not
want that to be a substitute for the vertical flow of
life. Is the vertical flow strong enough that I could still
thrive - if thrown in prison for my faith, for instance,
without that horizontal flow?
So is that feeling of
dryness a sign that something is wrong with the vertical
flow? That is a matter for the Spirit of God to reveal to
each of us. I think it is natural for us to feel like
something is missing when the horizontal flow is cut off,
because it is healthy for it to be there. When we experience
the dryness, we must get the flow of life going again. If it
is impossible for it to come horizontally -if we are thrown
in prison for our faith, for instance - it must all come
vertically. In that case, we must seek God more, recognizing
that all along, He alone has been our sufficiency. After
all, the life that came through our brethren was His all
Meanwhile, I must ask
myself, how strong is that vertical flow? Am I allowing
anything to obstruct it?
Rusty Entrekin is a
theology graduate of Louisiana College. He and his wife
Julie have seven children, with four still at home, and
four grandchildren. Currently, he resides in Kennesaw, GA.
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