Five Keys to Releasing The Sacramental Jesus in Others

Five Keys to Releasing The Sacramental Jesus in Others

If I spent a day with you, what would I discover?  If I took a 3-day train ride with you, how would I describe you when we arrived at the station?

Sacramental identity is the unique presence of Christ in you, a God-combo of your Psalm 139 knitting together and your baptism-day-Holy-Spirit washing.  It is the predestined, divinely patented you, ordained by your Creator Father for His purposes in the world.  In sacramental terms, it is the sacramental Jesus in you, the real presence of Jesus wrapped in your bread and wine.

When Jesus lives in you–and you get that–you also want others to realize just how Jesus lives in them.  It’s part of Jesus’ purpose for you: to  see Christ formed in others (Galatians 4:19) so that they live out their sacramental calling, blessing both those inside and outside the Church.  The Jesus living in you (sacramental faith) leads you to be the presence of Jesus in the world (sacramental faith lived out) so that the world experiences Jesus.

What are some ways to release the sacramental Jesus in your family and friends?

The Five

1.  Remind them of their baptism, that regardless of their feelings or awareness, Jesus claimed them and gave them everything He ever did on that day.  His presence in them is real. Sacramental.

2.  Affirm the ways they bring blessing to the world.  Point out where God’s grace bubbles out of their lives, bringing joy to those around them.  Many of us fail to connect Jesus’ presence to joy. Sacramental.

3.  Listen to their heart’s passion – when their eyes light up and voice increases — and circle that for them.  Be a mirror to their soul so that they see Jesus in their soul. Sacramental.

4.  Watch them work.  Where do they self-start? Which direction does their compass routinely point?  When are they apparently in an autonomic zone, obviously designed for that purpose?  Sacramental.

5.  Debrief after a difficulty.  Forming Christ in sacramental entrepreneurs involves helping them learn to “be” in Christ since they tend to be action-oriented doers.  Slow them down for some reflection time, a couple of timely, gut-grabbing questions, especially after a failure or struggle.  Remind them of their place in the family so they don’t believe it a spot earned by their entrepreneurial success.

How are you currently identifying and developing the Christ in others?  What do you need to sharpen to see Christ formed in others?  What do you need to start doing that would help you see Christ formed in others?


  1. The things which you write seem awfully similar to the things which Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, and others “preach” – but it isn’t all about us! It’s about Jesus.
    I’m also afraid that in creating something “new” you are diluting Christ’s Gospel message with worldly affirmations.
    Are you with the ELCA?

    Thank you.

    • Nothing new here, Sue. And personally, not ELCA. Same salvation; same justification. Same Jesus on the cross, dying for the world, received by faith. Simply reminding folks of the mysterious, wonderful presence of Jesus in us, as he speaks of in John 17, Galatians 2, Romans 6, lest we take to the Monday – Saturday life on a solo trip.

  2. “It is the sacramental Jesus in you, the real presence of Jesus wrapped in your bread and wine.”

    Two words — extra nos — that is, outside of ourselves. Our faith clings to that which lies outside of ourselves, namely, Christ. It’s not about “the real presence of Jesus wrapped in YOUR bread and wine,” but rather His presence in, with, and under THE bread and wine in the Holy Supper. The proper regard of this shows in worship which is truly liturgical, historical, etc. in (to borrow the concept of an old book title) style AND substance, working together. Hence, our worship is actually counter-cultural, and very different from what’s experienced out in the streets, in concert halls, in coffee houses, etc.

    • It simply is not as simple as you make it, Paul. There is a 3rd article to the creed. I cling to the cross, but it is the HS in me that does the clinging, that same HS that brings me Jesus and brings me to Jesus. That same HS/Jesus who lives in me and makes me one with the Father (John 17), who, thru me, brings His message and Himself to the world.

      I am not, nor have ever, espoused one particular form of worship over the other and have always stressed the other-worldly nature of the Sacraments which should be present in worship. From the standpoint that our worship provides the Sacraments and is addressed to the Creator God of Scripture, I agree with your “counter-cultural” statement. I even nod my head to your “truly liturgical, historical…” but I suspect your list on those elements would far exceed mine.


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