Body.


Biology the study of life. The study of how the intricacies and details matter. A study about how all the organs work together to sustain and encourage the quality and process of life. Out of the inner workings comes a body, comes life.
In the Old Testament we have a cycle of the unique (my phrase for sanctification, or being made holy) whereby God meets with one leader and they in turn pass the message along and in this message are the details of God’s heart for His people. In these words are certain codes and phrases which are reflections of the inner workings of the Trinity who work together as a body themselves to insure the cycle of uniqueness within people is never halted. I believe that is how most church models are ran, God gives the pastor (by the way, there is no greek or hebrew word for pastor) the all-elusive message and the people come and listen and then go and try to live out what is in the end a mixture of divine opinion. Yet, Jesus talks about his body being broken for the healing of the world. To bring people to Himself. This is the salvation, it is not some prayer we speak, it is a soul-change from within. He wants us to do the same, in fact He tells his friends near
the time of His death to “do this in remembrance of me”…He is not speaking of just taking elements, but rather He is instructing them all on how to change the world, by breaking themselves for the healing of the world. He tells them that people will see their love and know that they are different. How do we become different? Where is this process found now if it is not in the Old Testament, then where? Jesus talks about his body…than years later down the road, the Apostle Paul who met Jesus says we are Christ’s body….this is where we find the process of our spiritual uniqueness (why do i use unique? the word holy means set apart on the first level of the greek and hebrew, yet if you search deeper it actually means different or unique)…in contact with other christ-followers, not just on Sundays, in fact I would say not there. But, in a daily interaction with other believers as well, the idea of iron sharpening iron is this idea of us walking together in this journey called life trying to figure out the inner workings of God in our lives….but weren’t meant to go it alone. We need each other and God knows that and created it this way…so He chooses to use the BODY as a way to become who were meant to be. He uses the body to challenge us, to encourage us and to change us, so we can in turn go out and change the world…that is what Christ challenged us with as He left for home…what will you do?
“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr…

Saved.

A butterfly doesn’t wish for the cocoon. It goes through quite a grueling process of transformation whereby from a hairy many-legged creature comes a creature of beauty that accents and enhances nature and life. It doesn’t wish for the days when just getting by was the way of life, but it does enjoy its daily outings from flower to flower and field to field…it finds itself even more just being a butterfly.  It’s curiosity of the world that brings it closer to who its meant to be.

We have come to a place in the future of the church where either we love people or we don’t. I apologize for those who think that there might be a middle ground. All people are on a journey somewhere, right? And yes our part is to effect one another for the Kingdom, right? We can’t assume that our responsibility is to ‘save’ people, if we do (and yes even using the terminoilogy is dangerous) then we subconsciously agree that we think the gruesome death of the cross; for the world’s redemption, just wasn’t good enough. Christ said He came into the world to seek and to save, he doesn’t tell us to do the same. He says, teach people through your lifestyle. basically — love them! We are responsible for being redeemers not savers. this changes things a bit then doesn’t it? this means we stop trying to clean people up for church or to present them to God…God accepted you as you were, He will do the same for others. They don’t need to stop cussing or having sex or stop doing drugs. and yes this means the christians too. those christ-followers who are struggling, it is not our job to ‘save’ them either. love them to change them as it has been said. grace transforms. humans don’t transform humans, they effect them. god who is love transforms them. so we love. what is interesting about the prodigal story is that it tells the story of someone who was already part of the jewish community (modernised and translated: a christian) who lost their way. the point of the story: God is very patient with us. He waits. And yet, we don’t…we push ourselves, we force others, we live by guilt rather than faith. this doesn’t mean there is not effort on peoples parts, but, we as humans can’t presume to know holiness better than the next….their road to holiness is up to God. We can only encourage the image of God out of one another. If God himself no longer focuses on our sin and he is committed to our road to holiness for eternity why are we holding him back by focusing on something that is already been annihilated by the cross and resurrection (aka, sin). we should seek to see the image of God in ourselves and one another and learn ways to focus on how we can go about extracting that out of one another. this is redemption, this is salvation, this is being a missional christ-follower…

a trek to beauty….

hospitalized in a secluded corridor in the middle of nowhere seems to me to be a bit much. i mean literally alone at one of your most vulnerable moments. your sick for goodness sake’! you shouldn’t be alone. your body is racked with pain as if an ocean of waves just smacked down upon your near lifeless body. and as you stretch your body to regain your strength, you stretch yourself back into existence, realizing it was most likely a dream and the yawn that follows reminds it was. Wasn’t it?

Going through painful circumstances. losing the ones you love. mourning your perceptions. giving up your fears. letting go. these are all definers. they help define us as people. and yet we shy away from them. we deny them. we tell ourselves that they are just a momentary figment of your imagination. one thing i am sure of, is that when you experience painof any kind…you begin to except that sometimes it hurts. you feel like the patient above who is alone in the middle of nowhere. and all you need is some clarity and some sense of peace to get you through. and then it doesn’t come. it just won’t budge. as much as you try to move it, it sits there as if weighed down by a higher power. as if peace itself is waiting on destiny for its release. i will be honest, i don’t like pain. anything that will cause me to question others, myself or God i usually reject. or at least try. but, i have learned i can’t. it comes and when it comes there is no doubt of its nearness.

guys likes CS Lewis have tried to figure out the enigma of pain…how did he come to want to dig into the mire of lossedness. because he lost. one thing is true, for you to earn the desire of an answer to pain you have had to earn the right to have already gone through it. pain is not an easy road, and no matter how color it, pain is never exciting. so, what do we do? do we become defeatist and stroll through life as if we have a permanent cloud befriending us as soon as we wake? do we become like little charlie’s grandparents and “stay in bed”? no. any hero or heroine went through some kind of loss, some kind of pain that became etched within….so deep within it changed them. Braveheart, Joan of Arc and even Jesus! These people all suffered loss. Through their loss they shaped their goals, to forever change history. we can be a people who lay down and die at the first look of hardship or we can let it shape us and learn from it and grow and be chiseled in our inner beings and we can choose to see that in the end (maybe not when it is happening) the end is what matters!! The end is the goal and the loss is the means to get there. pain is transforming. pain is the cocoon to our butterfly…pain is the trek to our beauty!!!! what is it for you?