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John 14:2-3 The playground of our heart

In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. ‭‭John‬ ‭14:2-3‬ ‭NASB‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Where does God dwell? When the sanctuary was standing, for many years his presence, his Shekina, was there. But even when the sanctuary was standing, he had his eyes on a different home. Humans.

Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word. Isaiah‬ ‭66:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

But since the Son came and offered himself and our human temple is swept and clean, he left the former temple (dramatically, I might add) and now he dwells in temples of flesh, the tents of man. My Father takes up residence within me. At the same time Jesus died on the cross, this occurred:

then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭27:51‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

This curtain was a symbol, similar to the Passover lamb. They both were shadows of the real, they pointed to something that cast the shadow. The shadow caster is Jesus. And the heavenly and earthly intersected with timing that was not coincidental.

Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh. ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:19-20‬ ‭NASB‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

It wasn’t until after Jesus died, rose, and ascended that the Holy Spirit could fill his disciples. He told them to wait for it. He boldly promised during a feast of the Jews, loudly declaring:

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John‬ ‭7:38-39‬ ‭NASB‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The Holy Spirit now dwells in man.

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NASB‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Often when we think of where God is, we think of an ambiguous place called heaven, one described only by the most vivid imagination. We have a general idea that it will no longer involve death or suffering (and anything you translate that to mean from not having to eat vegetables to having a field day at Six Flags over California). But, there’s a real place that he dwells, and it’s definitely not here on earth. Or is it?

What does he want? This is most poignantly answered from Genesis 3:9 Then the Lord God called to man, “Where are you?” He wants us.

He longs for relationship, closeness. Nearness to my heart. Association with my brokenness. And more than that, pleasure in my joy, recovery, and my journey. The Holy Spirit fills me. He fills his other believers. He dwells in man. This is incredible. First in Christ (1 Col 1:19 All the fullness of God dwelt in him and in John 2:19 Jesus is the temple). Now in me (1 Corinthians 3:16 I am the temple of God), and eventually, us – a people connected and built together for him into a temple in the spirit (Ephesians 2:21-22).

So, I ask again, where does he dwell? Where are the all rooms that Jesus speaks of? If I attend a funeral, the minister will usually make it plain that he or she believes it’s in that ambiguous heaven zone. Sometime in the future. Something I don’t see. I understand and accept that I don’t see everything today. I’m a man in a body of flesh that has limitations. But he gives me “sprit eyes” with which to see. And, God made this body. And he made it with the intent of experiencing me in it. And me him. Jesus too had a body. And unlike me, it was not blinded by his own sin and he was able to see that kingdom without obstruction. And to dwell there. And to pull from its storehouses and share with those he taught. You knew Jesus had another source besides his family, upbringing and the education (he never received from Jewish schools), he spoke with authority and impact. He was the real deal and listeners recognized the substance which he commanded.

Thayer’s Greek lexicon says “dwelling place” means: a staying, abiding, dwelling, abode. It speaks of a comfortable place, like home. It’s used only one other place in the New Testament, later in verse 23 speaking of the Father and the Son:

“…and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.” John‬ ‭14:23‬ ‭AMP‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Possibly, the many rooms of which he speaks are the hearts of those he has redeemed, and loves. Believers. There may be many places Jesus dwells. Places we do not know or understand. Wild, wonderful, miraculous, mind-blowing dwellings that have the ability to color our world uniquely and give us a perspective that is different than natural man. But he also dwells in me. Why can’t that be just as mind blowing?

It is.

The thing that is often confused from the consolation Jesus is offering his disciples is the timing. Is it another far off, pie in the sky promise of when men and women sit on clouds with golden harps? I personally believe that Jesus, who was friends in the flesh with his disciples, was letting them know that there would be a pause and he would be right back (so to speak). Later, in John 16:7, he told them it was better for them that he went away:

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. ‭‭John‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

He was again pointing to the fact that they would be the new temple. Yes, their relationship would change. It would no longer be flesh to flesh, something they (and we) were very comfortable with. But as much as a relationship with Jesus in the flesh would no longer be present, he was telling them that they would experience him in an even better way. And this occurred with a rushing mighty wind on the day of Pentecost when Jesus returned and filled them all. Clearly, Jesus was saying that the promise of the Holy Spirit and God dwelling in men was coming shortly. Days away. He was talking to them like the nurse talking to the woman in labor. It’s coming.

Putting on “spirit eyes” and not trying to interpret this in the flesh, we may see Jesus in each other. As a believer who wants to value what God values, I’m being transformed daily to be more like him. Yeah, there are some parts still in progress, maybe a lot of parts, but if you can get past the unfinished and see what he has done, you may find him in me. I’m a temple for him. So are you. We may experience the presence of God in each other. I’m a dwelling place for him. So are you. There are many, many rooms in our Father’s house. And it is in these places that not only our Lord dwells, but we are invited to live. We may experience him and his kingdom and majesty in each other. In the playground of our hearts.

The sanctuary of the heart

Our hearts are like subterranean pools of water, full of refreshing and waiting to be found. There are some places not even known until they are discovered by others. Our heart and soul are the playground of our closest friends. There is nothing like the feeling of being loved and accepted for who I am, even delighted in. Can someone find pleasure and value in me? Although we aren’t always conscious of it, our soul is constantly looking for that answer. Who values what I value? Who may understand the perspective from which I look at things and enjoy it like I do?

The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. Proverbs‬ ‭20:5‬ ‭NIV

At the core of my person is a sanctuary in which my Father abides. He loves dwelling within. He created me, infusing me with the essence of his person. A snippet of himself. And despite the layers that the world would overlay on me, obscuring and interpreting me through a value system distinct from the raw love and acceptance that welcomed my birth, the pure, raw me contains his image. The unfiltered person of my childhood. The authentic transparency to which my family was exposed when I was young. Yet, as I’ve aged filters are attached. Layers are added. I am buried within a complexity which makes me more difficult to get to know. Yet, I am still growing and developing and becoming. The seeds of authenticity from which I began continue to shape in my life.

So, here I am.

And, there you are.

We each have a capacity to allow others into our lives. Openness and vulnerability is not something we offer quickly, or all at once, even if I’m an extrovert and others perceive me as an open book. It’s incremental. Peeling back the layers of our heart and exposing ourselves takes time. And in reality, they are sacred moments when it happens. We often don’t even know ourselves fully until we interact with others. Relating to another is an act of trust. And trust comes from belief. Faith that the person to whom I open will not harm me, but rather, will value me. As obvious as this sounds, when I open up, it’s to… another. And that “another” is not me. It’s someone else. Someone who I don’t control, nor do I know their thoughts or motives. And in the transaction of knowing another person is a key, a reflection, or a symbol, of knowing God.

Intimacy and closeness with others helps me to know Him.

Is it any wonder that there is a flow of distraction that keeps us from authentic connection, relationship, and conversation — from the iPhone and media that constantly stream to me and offer a sense of pseudo-value and a real-time escape from connection? Busyness. Distraction. And often, once an interpersonal exchange begins with another, from it erupts suspicion, interpersonal tension, rough edges that rub me the wrong way. It’s like our heart is a kingdom guarded by these angry little watchmen doing anything to keep everyone out. To keep us from closeness to others.

Distraction started in the garden with Adam. He was placed in the world that had all that he needed. Food. Safety. Eve. And a regular time in the cool of the day walking with the creator. But for some reason he began to value the work of his hands above the marvelous connectedness with the Father. What a fateful slip! He ended up trading intimacy for work. Making a living by the sweat of his brow. It’s as if God said, “Work? You prefer the work you are doing? Then fine. Work it shall be. What you used to get freely and without effort  will now come because of your efforts. No longer will you have the capacity to roam and discover in my kingdom without distraction.” Oh! What we lost! Now we see it. And we may return to it. A reclaimed place with him in the heavens, while still living in the fallen condition of earth.

And I may find it in others. There is a playground in the hearts of people. The Father is close in those interactions. When another opens their heart and life to me, they open to my Father. There is nothing more powerful than desire for another. And within that desire is not only a value for what they are, but a hope that they too value you. Love and affection are the deepest of all human emotions, and deep love for another will cause one to go as far as giving their life.

I sense that if I desire to know God and discover him, the many rooms of his house (John 14) are located very close to me. Sitting next to me on the bus or at work. Going to bed with me at night. Hustling and bustling about me during my day. Showing up in the face of friends and family. If I peel back the veil of flesh, I see Him. His love, acceptance, grace, playfulness. Our God is close. All about me. Will I allow those divine transactions between people so that I may know him more?

Relationships: Influence and Interaction

Relationship begets influence. Influence assumes friendship, understanding, and looking out for another’s best interest. This morning I am amazed at a couple of thoughts: how compelled I am to relate with others and how the golden cords of relationship can influence for eternity. Relationship is not just good for people, it’s also good for God – it is heaven’s onramp. As the Father dwells within me, his influence, riches, and abundance is shared with others. The second thought is how distant I am personally from regular influential relationships. My gut reaction is to draw close to safe relationships, and sometimes to challenging relationships (until the challenge has passed). Yet, I have lamented the fact that unless a relationship is in front of my daily routine, it is at risk of being lost. I need regular contact to maintain a relationship in my life and routines and convert my desires to action.

I’m recognizing a deep need this morning. I’ve always been thrilled and energized at the idea of having influence, a place at the table, a contribution to make. From my nieces and nephews to my sons, to past work relationships, to old friendships, I want engagement. Deep within my cry has been to have a positive effect; a contribution in others lives. I recall the Hannah-like prayer of my heart when tuning in to a Josh McDowell broadcast about his legacy during my wilderness years. I hear the Spirit indicating that through relationship the treasures and declarations of heaven are passed from one to another. But I see a disconnect in my life. I don’t have the fundamental values (translated as motivation) within for initiating, building, and maintaining these connections. I recall seeing my old best friend Dan Jackson being so good at keeping past connections with cards, emails, birthdays, visits, annual events. I see my other best friend David Floyd being deeply gifted at meeting and digging into new relationships. I see my old mentor boss from the Seattle Times, Tim Carothers, excellent at remembering names and details of others lives he’s encountered over the years (unlike his boss, the retired Ben Cheney – who told me in 1979 I was an incredible worker and I’d always have a position at the Times if I wanted to return, and when I contacted him 8 years later told me he didn’t recall who I was. Funny that an instance of disconnect can be as impacting as those that connect.)

I read in the New York Times this morning.

Talking Face to Face Is So … Yesterday
Published: December 3, 2011

ADMIT it. The holiday season has just begun, and already we’re overwhelmed by so much …face time. It’s hard, face-to-face emoting, face-to-face empathizing, face-to-face expressing, face-to-face criticizing. Thank goodness for less face time; when it comes to disrupting, if not severing, lifetimes of neurotic relational patterns, technology works even better than psychotherapy.

We look askance at those young adults in a swivet of tech-enabled multi-friending, endlessly texting, tracking one another’s movements — always distracted from what they are doing by what they are not doing, always connecting to people they are not with rather than people right in front of them.

But being neither here nor there has real upsides. It’s less strenuous. And it can be more uplifting. Or, at least, safer, which has a lot going for it these days.

Face time — or what used to be known as spending time with friends and family — is exhausting. Maybe that’s why we’re all so quick to abandon it. From grandfathers to tweenies, we’re all taking advantage of the ways in which we can avoid actually talking, much less seeing, one another — but still stay connected.

There’s more to the article, but my point: It’s safer, and more comfortable to be at a distance. A lot in my personal history encourages my isolation. Yet, there is something to be gained from contact, intimacy, acceptance, an embrace. I believe my Father created the holistic approach to relationship being multifaceted: the touch, the tone, the smell, the acceptance, the intangibles that technology simply has no capacity to convey, nor has it even considered.

So I have the desire, and I acknowledge the significant personal gap. Where to from here? How does one untangle the undesirable, indelible habits that have been tattooed on my life’s skin? And without specific and focused determination how is change possible when I don’t understand my own complex personal motivators? At the outset, I don’t believe it’s a requirement to visit and set straight all of the failures that affirm my current way of relating. I believe the real change will come from viewing a positive model and letting my heart and passion respond.

 A few things to consider as I move forward:

  • Together is better than apart. Two is better than one. And a three-fold chord is not easily broken.
  • There is a habitation of His Spirit in relationships. The joy of his presence is worth the interactions as complicated as they may seem to be
  • Others have their own web of relational land mines. I must be aware that I’m not just navigating my issues, but others as well. (Is that response I am seeing because of me, or because my friends personal history?)
  • The Spirit is building a body, interconnected. Part of the connecting is being aware that my personal history can not only sabotage the Spirit’s efforts but can also remove the required efforts and initiation required to make connection—a  sort of “passive aggressive” approach to relationship building. In a nutshell, relationship is passionate, active, affirming, regular, communicative, fun, and innovative (always seeking a way to make another impact). You cannot build something by waiting for someone to invade your private, fortified space.
  • Grace is the essence of relationship. I forgive, overlook, and have mercy for another. There are a thousand reasons to abandon that relationship-building, and relatively few that will encourage it. Be careful what I consider when handling the treasure Jesus has entrusted me with.
  • Everyone needs relationship. It would be easy to waste time on self-initiated pursuits that are doomed from the beginning. I believe the Holy Spirit can direct to the most profitable. (This sounds counter-intuitive here… how can my goal be to profit from relationship? This topic could take a life of its own. All actions we take are profitable for me at some level. It would be foolish to deny this.) Since the Holy Spirit knows what I really want, and how to best fold it in to what He wants, it must be Spirit-directed.
  • Jesus patterns what healthy relationship should look like. Whether I see it or am open to it is up to me. We usually see the things which affirm our current behavior. Yet, I know that is far from what I acknowledge to be the gold standard in relationship, so my field of vision must be rocked with something that I am currently not seeing – or not allowing myself to see. Jesus make me willing.
  • Control. We all want it. Relationship is at odds with the sense of control that I have worked for so diligently all of my life. It’s inconvenient, messy, spontaneous, and often intrusive at the most awkward times. How does it fit with my already packed schedule?
  • Intimacy. Our view of intimacy cannot be hijacked by society’s obsession with sexual encounters. The mystery of relationship is found between a man and his wife (or a woman and her husband:-). But as dysfunctional as our marriages can be, this standard loses its ability to communicate without viewing what he intended by it. With that in mind, I find it interesting that Paul wrote about this mystery then wrote about other things that if taken at face value, stand in opposition to the very intimacy he mentioned and would cause one simply miss the point. With that disclaimer, intimacy between the body and Christ will stagger us. It crosses lines we think are reserved for a significant few in our personal lives. Yet, without a redeemed mind, the adversary will push intimacy into physical expressions that are meant to be well-guarded. Being joined with my wife physically is the ultimate joining of souls. Physical expression is valuable in this context in that it reflects a heavenly virtue (and with panache I might add:-) Yet it is only a reflection of something that can be truly consummated in the spirit. And ultimately this consummation is with the entire body of Christ. This is not group sex or an orgy, but emotional, physical, and spiritual vulnerability, while maintaining the necessary boundaries established in this fallen earth. Your commitment to your spouse must be fully in tact – but does not release you from the potential relational connections and intimacy the Father would direct you to. This conversation is another that could take a life of its own. It’s not intended to push me toward promiscuity, but God-established relationships and connections. We have our relationships in neat little packages: my spouse, my family, my work. But connecting with the body can seem messy and out of control – only because we don’t understand his goal of joining yet. As we view relationships in society that are modeled further and further from the heavenly pattern, the real deal can seem even more alien to his kids if we’re not paying attention to heaven’s view.

Although I process things in this fashion, with my mind, Jesus, I invite you to invade relationships in my life. Accomplish by your Spirit what human effort and understanding is unable to. Inhabit these transactions. If I have a history which must be repaired, I invite you to do so. If I must make the difficult choices to move me from the ruts in which I’ve travelled, I ask you for the courage to act. Make the alignments that you see are needed. Help me be a model for others.

Becoming Free in the Church

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22:17 NIV)

The role of governance in people’s lives is essential. There must be an order, a hierarchy. Governance, priorities, deference to another, these things will not go away. On earth, the issue of who is in charge is nearly always in the forefront of our lives. Men want to control, rule over, and benefit from the subjugation of man. The rule of law is necessary otherwise men would do as they wish and not always as they should. If all men would love God first, then love their neighbor as themselves, there would be little reason for additional laws.

Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:24-28 NIV)

There is and interesting juxtaposition in this: dominion authority and power will be destroyed followed by the subjection of all to God.

The context of authority
From the very outset of life we are exposed to authority and the need for obedience as kids. The family structure is God’s design for real governance. Yet in society, like Israel moving from the freedom of living under judges and living a life accountable directly to the Father to the life under a king, there is a clamor from people to have someone be over them. Be the lead. Be accountable to God directly in place of me. This is a deep subject and I want to focus on a very narrow sliver of the conversation.

We are growing up. In a family as you grow you have more responsibility and freedom of judgement. The goal of maturity is that you gain the necessary tools to do life without needing a parent mentor telling you what to do. In the teenage years there is the introduction of the real nitro-glycerin in the mix: emotions and self discovery. With this come the deep bonds of relationship and love. The things we live and die for. In life we grow from our family into our own family. Incredible.

But our lives have been bathed in the fluids of dominion and authority and power over our lives which stunt and impede our growth. It doesn’t matter where they come from, they are simply there. The sources are as abundant as the imagination (your civil government, your domineering mother, your controlling sibling, the church you attend, the clique at school, your elementary school teacher, your drill sergeant — who is the one you look to?) The focus from the Father since the beginning of time has been to hand over the kingdom to sons. And details of this plan include the bond of relationship and trust found in the analogy of the bride and her groom. Image making. Kingdom ruling. The adversary has done all that is possible to distract from this gift and its handoff, trusting that if the heirs could be sidelined, the prize could be his.

The kingdom of God is very simple. He wants us to know him. Relate with him and have fellowship. We are in a season when the substitutes are being identified and the opportunity available to step into the kingdom design. This will mean that the things we have clung to, that which we presently think has benefit, must be held lightly as he identifies the obstacles to the intense relationship he desires.

When a woman has a relationship with a man, it is personal and intimate. It is the essence of human interaction: exposure, transparency, vulnerability, followed by acceptance, curiosity, delight, and love. When one is known and loved there is no greater joy and fulfillment in life. The consummation of that love is a physical expression that the Father designed so our bodies, emotions, and pleasure write the transaction to the deepest portion of our memory and soul. There is no one between the two. It is the two. The two alone. (The act of intimacy is no replacement for what should occur before the act, this is another topic though.) The parent is no longer a mentor here. The government, the pastor, the prophet, all other rule and authority have no place here.

The Father wants this relationship with us. No mediators. No substitutes. A transaction with the individual.

Yet the individual in the church environment has been done a disservice. The format and the organization of the church has become something God never intended it to be. And the organization is often led by men with no understanding of what the true goal is. Generation after generation we reproduce the idea that the church and its leadership is the essential ingredient to success in Christ. We are told, quite frankly, that without it, you are deceived and have no defense against the adversary. Along with that smug advice comes the multitudes of other silly requirements as varied and available as the flavors of ice cream in your local grocer’s freezer. From tithing, to traks, to missions, to attendance requirements, to personal appearance, to the celebrations of events and rituals… you name it! The chain of command is the focus here. Who has the lead in the church? Men chosen and selected of God. These are those who receive instruction for you and deliver the heart and mind of God. This is what the Spirit is doing this hour…. And if they are God’s choice, who am I to question them? The written testimony in the Bible is pointed to as the support for the authority and structure. The book itself becomes idolized above the Spirit who gave the message. And then the interpretation of it can and has become anything man has wanted to make it. The problem is that when a man is entrusted to do the job that the Father has assigned to the Holy Spirit and you engage in another’s rationale you miss the very relationship he has established for you. Men making their livelihood from the gospel ask, “how can it be any other way? Confusion and thousands of different interpretations will result without leadership. Men are not qualified to know and understand these things on their own.” Yet aren’t we confused and have the thousands of different interpretations anyhow?

I find it ironic that every move of God currently in the organized church has resulted from men hearing the Holy Spirit and moving on from the inflexible status quo. The governance of the church has always declared it’s preeminence over the the individual (the good of all is better than the good of one). It’s also ironic that the Gospels are clear about the issue of organized religion — men use it for their own good and make the hearer two-fold the child of hell that they are. Where are today’s pharisees? Where did the man born blind go when he was thrown out of the synagogue?

Men and women in the body of Christ are to be tutors to the sons of God. Schoolmasters so to speak. The Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists are all for the building up the body. (I don’t read “organization” here.) The building up of men and women, assisting with their growth and maturation. The goal is to tutor men and women into relationship with Christ, into hearing the Holy Spirit and syncing with heaven. This is the only safeguard against the numerous and self serving schemes men promote, often without even knowing it. Relationship with Christ will then lead to relationship with each other. The body! The real church! His bride. It’s about healthy and strong bonds of love in the Father’s house.

But we must deal with this pesky little question of “who is in charge here?” In our hearts, we must migrate away from the authority structures we have been pickled in. This must be a spirit-led activity. Moving cold-turkey from what we have known to what we don’t may be devastating. We don’t run the Boston marathon because we decide the day before it is a good thing. You don’t marry the first date you have incredible feelings for. It is a process. But let me be clear, the goal is the migration to a holy relationship with Jesus without mediators. The voice we must hear is His. We must have a confidence that we, individually are connected to him. We know his voice. We can follow his leading. The idol of church authority must be pulled down.

As one who is married, the role of the husband must also be in it’s proper place. There is grace enough for a woman all by herself. She is not required to have her husbands permission or approval to be engaged with Jesus and heaven. Even in a good spiritual relationship with her mate, he does not replace Christ. Now this is another subject completely, but the husband and wife relationship can and does reflect our heavenly destiny, but the curse must first be entirely removed for it to work: a woman must be released from her desire for her man and the pain of childbirth. And the man must be released from his obligation toe work to live and eat. (Like I said, another topic completely!)

This is a journey. What does the body look like if it is not the thousands of fractured assemblies on Sunday mornings? Who is his body? What does relationship with the body look like? I don’t know the answer to this. A few things I am confident of:

  • he knows who belongs to Him
  • His sheep hear his voice and he leads them
  • a freed man will finally enter his place in the body with the incredible gifts he has been given, supplying what he has been designed to supply
  • we the body will be fitly joined together
  • it is a spiritual house, location is not an issue
  • those given authority over a part of the house will both recognize it and be recognized for it
  • it is an exciting journey, although not always clear
  • This is his work and he does all things well