Because God did we do.
Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
Can you imagine Christians experiencing this? Can you imagine a different global Church than the one we see now?
Can you imagine a Church that does not grieve the Holy Spirit set in the context of how we treat one another?
Can you imagine a Church that copies God and loves like He loved us at the cross?
Can you imagine a Church which pleases the Lord?
Can you imagine a Church that truly knows the will of the Lord rather than what benefits it?
Can you imagine a Church filled with the Spirit?
Can you imagine this for you?
Two years ago as we entered into the lockdown I wrote this prayer for the Church. It is still my prayer as we are emerging out of this season.
We want to move not drift.
We want to step into purpose not be stuck in the default.
Renew us for radical mission.
Reform us to unlock the possibility.
We commit to the pathway of the gospel.
We commit to carry the death and resurrection of Jesus.
We come down from the victorious mountain to the valley of compassion.
And as we do we ask for the renewal of the 5-fold ministries so that the lives of men and women, young and old, are equipped and the body of Christ is built.
We are in times of:-
Clarity so open our eyes
Urgency so open our doors
Flexibility so open our stubborn hearts
Opportunity so open our understanding
This is YOUR time
This is HARVEST time
This is the SPIRIT time
This is OUR time.
We are ready to change
We are ready for a new Kingdom positioning
We are ready for the advance
You call our name and we say YES to your call.
My desire is for that prayer to be answered; for the formation of Christ to be seen and known in our lives and for the Churches to emerge transformed from this lockdown season.
It was Paul’s desire:
“I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6 v 19-23)
What are we pursuing? How are we offering ourselves?
I know a Church which is sadly losing members weekly. They are resigning and walking away from their friends and ministries because the Church no longer provides for their needs. They might have good reasons to feel this way but their actions are not justified.
We need to stop pursuing through manipulation our personal gain and benefit.
We need to stop promoting ourselves as being the most important.
It is hard to be a slave of righteousness when I am the centre of attraction.
If being a slave to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness is in other words living a life where I am focused on Me. Then being a slave of righteousness is when I am focused on Him.
What would it look like if every decision a Christian made was not for their gain but for Jesus Christ and other people? Why can’t we resign gain to the place of being freely blessed, a grace favour, rather than something we have grabbed, desperately manipulated for or made a prophetic grab at? We could and if we did then perhaps we would see holiness and eternal life.