If we keep putting things off we will never achieve anything – ‘But surely churches, communities with an all out kind of commitment are bound to loose people?’
How can we expect to bring Godlikeness to bear to in our street, workplace, family if we do not find in our hearts a desire to be given to the cause of Christ. A community that asks for commitment to bring Christ to our world, to be Godlikeness where we live is a good thing is it not?
A community such as this will likely become a challenge for the comfortable and half-hearted, but the community will fill up with the those who are looking for authentic faith, an adventure in life, who are wanting a God who engages people, the needy, the hurting who need help and an encounter with Christ. Our aim should always be to embrace all, empowering all to be ‘all out’ for the will of the Father, yet reality has to be faced, some will just decide to be the comfortable. Never mind if some stay comfortable, let us shout loudly ‘not me’, it is necessary that you and I commit ourselves totally to this radical mission of ours, of Christ, to the Fathers will. To be the Godlike people of God in our generation. Committed to bring God’s domain, God’s order to all creation, committed to transform our worlds, one life, one house, one street at a time. Not committed to sit all day and achieve nothing but transform, change my environment, beginning with that which is right in front of us daily. When we are totally committed we don’t waste time on the little blips, the minutiae that cross the screen of our lives, making the small things major we crowd out the important. When fully given to this cause the little things will stay little, the big things of life will draw and fill our lives. As we commit its amazing how this commitment re-scales our world, enabling us to know what is important and necessary rather than stay around in the shallows of life, engaged with the minutiae.
Communities with this kind of commitment you may not see around you but why not start with where you are, be a committed person to create a committed community. These communities are authentic, what the world is waiting for, they are not self-serving or self-centred but are given, willing to live a poured out, being a drink offering, as Jesus lived a poured out life for the cause of the Father, it’s for us to be poured out for our streets and the Father’s cause.
Find them, these communities, ecclesia’s, churches they are Christ Centred, not programme centred or even worship centred, neither event centred, conference focused all these they may participate with but guaranteed it will flow from a Centred Life On Christ and Christ’s Cause, which is the Fathers desire and the Holy Spirit‘s commitment.
Let it never be too much for us to be committed, let us find a place and pour ourselves out! Committed to Christ communities, committed to Kingdom communities, committed to Christ and his ecclesia, his church.