The essence of church, the congregation.

Instinctively people are drawn to a leader when they can see the anointing of wisdom(amongst other things I’m sure)upon them. The leadership is judged (rightly or wrongly) by the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit and this is what people will be drawn to, as they see the pursuit of this leaders heart is for God and His kingdom.

In turn members will volunteer their abilities (usually with encouragement, support, guidance and leadership). 

When people see a need that they can fulfil and offer to do so, they should most certainly be encouraged to get involved. Where leadership sees a need and can match it to a persons abilities (which means they should be looking at needs and abilities) they should connect the dots for them (bearing in mind it may not always come to pass).

When people volunteer their skills or even just offer a desire to help, the beginning of a community occurs. Community is where each supports the other, loves the other, shares and helps the other, where grace, forgiveness and mercy is shown (because Jesus showed grace mercy and forgiveness and helps us in our weakness). It is a commitment to help one another to grow, as Christ is committed to help us grow (to grow into His image and become Holy because He is Holy, ie sanctification).

With age, should come wisdom from experience and often does, yet age also comes a bit disconnected from youth. However wisdom must be passed onto youth(not just youth in age but youth in our walk with Christ) in humility, such that youth can understand the concept of biblical principles. Youth should then be allowed to apply such learnings into their own context and in such a way that applies to their people. This is now exciting, because both ends of the ages are connected, youth is learning biblical stuff and age is learning and understanding youth, thus both are in harmony. When this is applied and functions well and is done in love, with encouragement and support, community within the church is created, this creates a certain amount of unity and thus peace, which allows love to flourish.

What happens next is that people start living their lives in front of the community in which the church is located. The local community start to see the unity and love and this gets even more exciting. What happens now is people begin to see all this going on, it starts to draw them into the church community (not necessarily the church building) and they begin to see the love of Christ shed abroad. This stirs, challenges and convicts them, causing questions to be asked and as the Spirit leads answers are given and salvation occurs, because this is church being The Church.

The fire and the passion.

I feel that mans relationship with fire is a rather strange one. On the one hand we see fire as a necessity and on the other we fear its destructive potential. Through out history it has a revered place in mythology and appears in countless metaphors. It can be seen as a  moment of romance and we often use it descriptively to tell of the passion within us. It can be used as a purifier, as in the case of silver and gold, which must pass through the fire a number of times before it is considered pure. What happens in the case of purifying is that all the rubbish material is burnt off and only that which is actually silver or gold remains. Apparently the silver is considered pure when the silver smith can see their reflection in the metal.

When we have a passion within us, it usually starts with an idea or concept. Often the concept needs to pass through the fire to refine it, and to bring it fully into focus. When it is then we can tell people about it and begin to express our hearts desires. More than likely this will be met with people telling you to get a grip on yourself and that can’t you see all the problems ahead. Here, though, you must be filled with determination, because this is where you will pass through the fire of purification. This may be painful and hard, just hang in there knowing that your dream or calling will fill your life much more than just doing or not doing stuff.

When you are fully focused on your dream you can lean into your dream and begin to tell people how it will work out and what it will look like, you will be able to clearly express yourself and you will be filled with determination and passion. The fire within you will start to burn and drive you to dizzying heights of success. (Beware the destructive power that comes from pride, for no man achieves success without the help of others.)

If you have a dream, don’t let it go, light a fire of passion in it, that it may burn away the rubbish and give you clarity, focus and direction, let it consume you that you and your dream maybe pure. Speak out the picture of your dream, write it down and read it regularly. Think about it, dream it, be it and then start it, when you do then you truly will be you.

If your not sure what your dream is, or how to start your dream, don’t, what ever you do, abandon it. Your dream is the real you calling you to be the best you, you can be. Talk to friends, family, or get an independent view point, get a coach. What ever you do, grab a hold of your dream, run with it and become the best version of you, because that’s what God made you to be.