Who…What…Why…

UnknownWho, What, Why questions that John the Baptist dealt with as we are introduced to him in the early chapters of the book of John (John 1:22-25).   Who the question of identity, what, the question of purpose and self-knowing leading to why as John did his thing; actually it is when we are introduced to the Baptist term.  Why are you doing what your doing?  These questions somewhere are constantly being asked of us, probing, enquiring, they will also building and establishing you and I as we seek to answer them, as we seek to formulate the who, what and why.

I would be as bold as to say the ‘why’ will give you the ‘what’ of your life, without the why you will not get on an be or do anything, the why gives you reason.   Therefor what’s you why?

We are told through the scripture that in the mouth of two or three establishment happens, therefore a witness of two or three is necessary to be sure footed before making any move.    I hope we realise we can be a first responder, moving out quickly into adventure yet it is necessary we make sure that every effort requires establishment.

We come across people looking for the ‘new thing’ or ‘next thing’ and we have not learned that life’s advances are only advances as it moves in to new ways yet linked to the past and to present testimonies. This is at the foundation of the saying, you cannot have a future without a history, I would add a celebrated past gives and creates a celebrated future.     To many run from the past trying to cut it off and kill it to get their into a tomorrow and future, closing down their lives, sometimes due to pain and events I fully understand we all have them.   A living painful past will only reproduce a painful future.

To celebrate tomorrow discover the celebration of yesterday.     A good friend, Johnny Kinch quotes “the way you leave a room will be the way you entre into the next”, so true.   Carrying the story of past hurt will not allow you get a future celebrated but will recreate, find the silver lining of yesterday, the powerful joy of yesterday in the middle of the rubble.

Establishment comes through testimony.

Why, what, who are the three witnesses that the witness of the coming Christ was enquired of, regarding his identity, self and purpose, what are the three things of life that established John as the fore runner.  Why am I here, what am I fully pursuing and involved with and who am I, what is my function to be?

Where to from here, well what about you and I, are we established?    There are times when I want to rush out the door and change the world, along with that there are times I must admit I want to put up the shutters, not speak to any one and enjoy me and Jesus, my what a collision inside my thinking from time to time when this happens.

For a number of years Sandra and I poured ourselves out in service of a group of men and women stepping into spaces that needed some one to fill.     For years as an administrator I found enjoyment in listening and taking an idea that ministries of Covenant Ministries International dreamt up, ideas that were God idea shaping, re-dreaming, putting form, drawing up plans, adding content and making things happen and work.     We were men and women bringing the future into today.

Today we are men and women moving, pressing forward in a onward movement bringing the future to bear on today while in continuity of the past.

Any one who fights, denies, dismiss or ignores the past will not gain the future.   Any one who finds the hurt of yesterdays disappointments too strong will be overwhelmed and not enjoy the future.

Sandra will say ‘I don’t regret anything we have done, seen or been’, if you have regret you will find that you will defend or revolt against the past, seeing it as a list of injuries mainly with an ’O yes there were some good things’.      A transformation of the inner mind is required in order that the past is to be a part of establishing a testimony and build towards the future.   Extending ourselves in reaching toward the goal of Christ filling all.

This year I have been living by the gospel for 30 years and a Christ follower for over four decades during that time I have seen movements come and go (that’s a whole other article, what I have seen, what I see happening right now in advance in the movements of the last 40/50 years).    In recent days seeing movements drift from their apostolic prophetic moorings to becoming wonderful gatherings.   Managed churches, more about being big, which is not at all wrong, increase is a part of the Kingdom, but often more about being big that being incarnation, being cool rather than being Christ.   Some great moves of God have become denominations, primarily now focused on defending their past rather than using their past to be a future prophetic voice and manifestation, Manifestation of the image and likeness of God in our world in every way.

Grounding so to speak the Kingdom of God.

The past empowers us and the future asks of us to live every day with vulnerability, uncertainty, and unchartered ways, living in adventure, exhilarated with the journey.  It is forever challenging, and in the challenge we will find a little confusion which comes form the instability of living by faith a faith that has opened up a seeing, seeing a city (the ecclesia, the body of Christ) and moving towards the fulfillment of promise.     You and I are the fulfillment of the promise of God to creation.

It is ‘I don’t know where I am going but I ain’t lost’ life style as I have often said.   We are to be a Spirit led people not a business idea or managed people, “each day asking which way”

When I consider where we have all walked, what we have all done it was always the road less travelled at the time.

Am I, do you still travel this roadway.

I love the picture of the two traveling on the Damascus road as Christ came to join their journey a road they walked and a testimony established as three people in the conversation happened.  This encounter on a road travelled regularly by many in their day away form their past to be return to a road less travelled, being thrust back into their immediate past to connect in order to bring a future about in an upper room, the coming of the new age with the Holy Spirit.     Back there is your Upper Room?

The road is not to be the normal, predictable, repetitive or routine, simply seeking to do the old better.   It is looking to be the future braking in the shape of the Christ.

This is a journey for everyone, do you get that, I fully respect that our calling or personality has an affect on how we greet or respond to this journey.      This is why I encourage you to see the wealth of the past, living in it while unfolding the future that will not adjust what happens but will adjust the reason and its understanding as we encounter more of Christ.

I am so grateful for my God directed, my God prepared, my God authored therefore empowering journey, being thankful that I have been bought to participate IN God, which means God is using my journey.   Along the way I made great gains, made far to many mistakes but I am still on the journey, more than that I am invigorated by the ride, I love the rollercoaster adventure.   There are so many seats available around me, come join the journey.

Confusion of our origin damages our image

By being confused about their Maker they became confused about themselves women became snared in passion for one another.

(Romans 1:26 ‘Mirror Bible’)

imagesWhat ever narrative you would hold when reading creations journey one element is true to all views, Adam (aw-dawm’) humanity, ‘Ish‘ and ‘ishshah (ish-shaw’)‘ – male and female stepped away form the divine design of a love relationship, a relationship that humanity was create from and for, began living, in order to express this relationship to God, each other and creation

A move in the eternal happened and it followed through to our human and created world, the seen world as we might call it.     The accuser of the people of God wanted authority and dominion apart from God, an independent and self-interest action took place that impacted creation.

Humanity, the image and likeness of God, female and male together being the mirror of God in the created world, embraced in the relationship of the eternal circle of life, joy, righteousness and peace life in the atmosphere of the Holy Spirit, Father and Son.

Yet the indignant self-interest action brought about a removal of the ways of God, where the order of God was lost, the ways of God that is the Kingdom of God, Humanities responsibility. In that movement how God moved and God interacted, along with the why of God was lost, we, humanity went form maturing sonship to orphans.       This departure from a place where God was the supply and source of everything, where God was encamped around humanity ever guarding creating security – sonship, moved into an orphan view and experience of life where mankind has been so engaged and occupied with provision and protection ever since, defending, gathering and collecting. Defending the inner life in word and action, amassing anything humanity can, in hope of finding their identity through money, gathering people – gangs and politics, religious forms who is with me and my side, in order to feel they are some one of something.

We played the orphan ways out on school yards, playground gathering people “who is on my side” we chanted across the open play areas, to makes us great? We lined each other up to pick teams for sports, well anything that require sides, sad were the last few of unwanted, all this came from a deep sense of wanting to be included, belonging, our orphan spirit reigned and we brought it thorough with to adult life.

A world that will only ultimately come to an end when sonship the antidote to it all breaks through in fullness. The world we see today is one where the ‘predator spirit’ is dominant, in business, politics, even in the animal world, yet one day the ‘Lion will lie with the Lamb’ a picture of the predator spirit eradicated when both can lie at rest together.

This is the work we now set ourselves to bring to pass. In restoring creation as the family of sons of God (Romans 8).

Since mankind stepped away from being drawn into the relationship, in their independence we have defaulted into a hierarchical structure of dominion over the earth, in its politics, society and religion.       Hierarchy in most peoples experience due to the orphan condition leads to dominion over each other.        Hierarchy has at its core in who rules, often has to be to gain position, titles and labels, control, domination and often we are surrounded by predators from it a world losing trust as some some one is ready to devour yo.     Rather than a world where we are all empower to be to allow what we are to flow and function.

Unfortunately the narrative of life where people don’t feel some sort of dominance is fare and few between.

Now let me say God did give mankind the commission to rule however that was to nurture, tend the earth to enrich living, it was never meant to be where mankind was to become predators over each other, man in dominion over women, having dominion over one another. Gen.1:28. Mankinds’ relationship was to mirror Gods relationship amongst them and with each other. Man and woman was to be the full expression of God in every way, in a love relationship.

God said “its not good for mankind to be alone”, let us settle one thing immediately it was not about loneliness being eradicated, God recreated, took what was already done and reconfigured it in order to have a sure reflection, a community, a community of the Divine to be seen in the creation. It was no so that man could be the head honcho but about female and male to reflect the Fathering mother, the mothering Fatherhood of God, never dominating or subjecting in any way or form.

Not to see God as relationship, community, covenant is to remove and deny the very core of the character, personality and identity of the God of the Bible. For a God who exists alone cannot be a God of love. Love cannot exist in isolation. Let us be honest with each other the very core of love has to be and is ‘other – centred’ and therefore there has to be more than one. We begin to see the ‘otherness’ of God displayed, back to that in a minute.

If God was alone and not in community, God could choose to love, choose to act in various other ways, that is making God at best an authority acting benevolently, even a possibility of being unreliable and unpredictable.

A hierarchical structure cannot facilitate such a mutual submission that images-1exists in a relationship.

A hierarchical structure of necessity supports the rule or dominion of one over another and consequently is fundamentally self-centred.

Self-centredness as already mentioned is the root of independence, the source into which mankind is born, while working with toil and sweat and increased pain trying to find identity, rest and a place to express.

I was recently asked the difference between hierarchy and Gods way of movement Trinitarian, in a simple way and answer to a huge subject -hierarchy seeks and has position and titles in mind and who sits on top ‘top dog’ mentality, where as in God the ‘other’ is always honoured and promoted.      No self-centred but ‘other-centred‘.       Ensuring the ‘other’ is lifted and given all they require, lifting the ‘other’, making ‘other’ more highly that your self.       What a community, what an ekklesia a church.       Belonging to a community where only the other is the most important rather than our ego rising.       Well this is what the life of God has given us, as we get born of the Spirit so to this ‘otherness’ resides in us so we firstly ARE this, then secondly we CAN BE this community, incarnation on earth NOW.         Leadership was given to make the ‘other’ greater, is that what Jesus meant as ‘I came to serve…not be served?’      Making the other – the others of God, Father lifting the Son, Son giving to the Father, Holy Spirit lifting the son…other, what a rhythm what a leadership style…what a reflection the ecclesia is to be.

UnknownMy longing is to find a people who would let go of business domination in the church environment, of the predator ways of humanity, of the hierarchy and come to the place of seeing God in community and the given-ness of God that we might display in our world the true image of God. A world, our communities and countries that each person would be empowered to ‘BE’ functioning not via title to get achieve authority from our position but making others greater.

A world that I have seen, a world within the Spirt birthed grasp the world of the ekklesia in truth, the world of ‘heaven coming to earth’, the world of the Kingdom of God – Gods order.

‘I love you’, three small but powerful words that as it was put previously deals with Identity, Intimacy and Integrity when we speak it and look to live according to the statement. Mankind can find a measure of rest here, when it is not used in domination but true expression, when two people find a love relationship.

I hear some already quoting Adam ‘ish’ and Eve ‘ishshah (ish-shaw’)’, she was given as a “helpmeet” (Gen.2:20), I would propose to you however, this is not to be the little lady indoors that makes man look good, as some would use to extreme, or what ever subservient thought you might have. I would declare that ‘ishshah’, she, Eve was given to enable help Adam to be the image and likens of God, therefore to be the community they are experience what was at the core of God’s being LOVE, and were to fall in love! Mankind is required to experience falling in love and remaining in love at the very centre of mankind being. Men and women, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers loving and extending building community that reflects God kind. Interestingly, Adam is never called an ish until the ishshah has been separated from Adam – humanity. It is as if the text is implying that male and female cannot define themselves fully as human without the other, or be the imagers of God.

We have been born of God, have we not, we are to be born again are we not? the traditional evangelical position, to be born is to journey through a womb and it is through the womb of God one could say on “Let there be…” or “Let us make mankind in our image and likeness” is the intense passion that exists in the Trinity, where you and I began and cannot pass through with out it being depicted in the very core of humanity.

Could this be the very reason that violence and humanity against itself, nations against nations, terrorism, murder is so abhorrent to us all. Is it what is meant when the bible quotes ‘eternity is in the hearts of mankind’?

You were first conceived and created to be compatible for God to come and live in. For God to love and enjoy and for you to love and enjoy them, in perfect union.

Jer.1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of you….
Relationships for LOVE..

A world that is fragile, devastatingly cruel because of self-centredness, the orphan ways. A mankind that cries to be accepted, however this is a perverted the relationship out of  mans fallen, confused and twisted alienation from God’s original design for him…

God has called us to rediscover, reform our view of God in order that we gain true view of us with no ego or dominion but bathed in love, moving through love and being the direct expression of God…