I’ve got no other purpose in mind for this post other than to say that in the future I hope to shift the direction of this blog a bit. In the past my posts have been mostly formal, following a certain subject or heading. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I don’t post as often as I would like to simply because I feel there has to be a certain quality to my writing before I’m willing to put it out there for all to see. Usually this is more frustrating for me than anything else.
So I would like for this blog to take on a more conversational tone. I intend to post more frequently, sharing thoughts and observations from my experiences in everyday life. This is not to say I won’t continue with more formal postings on subjects consistent with this blog’s theme-“Called to Rebuild”-just that I want to try to connect with the ten of you who frequent this site in a more everyday kind of way.
So then, to begin.
Yesterday I and the other saints I church with received a visit from a brother who has committed himself to help us in our going on with the Lord. What a blessing! We sang, we fellowshipped, we prayed, we shared a meal together. Our brother shared a brief ministry on the mystery of Christ and the church, and God’s desire to make man one with Himself to make visible His testimony in the earth. The Lord Jesus was the first and perfect blending of God and man-spiritual and physical, mystical and practical-and now the Lord is building a corporate Man according to the “pattern shown in the mount.”
After three years of seeking to gather around Christ with a handful of brothers and sisters, it has been strength beyond measure to come into contact with other saints who have been pursuing the Lord in this way far longer and far deeper than anything we’ve yet to touch ourselves. And to receive such help from a brother who has been called and sent by the Lord for this very work-the building of His church-is the stuff dreams are made of, if you ask me. Six years ago I went outside the camp of institutional Christianity looking for a city whose builder and maker is God, and one of the things I have sought for in those six years is personal contact with any men (or women) who have gone on before me (us) in the way of serving the Lord outside the traditional “church”, so that I might share in their experience, their history, and their discovery of Christ along the way. So to finally know the Lord in this way has been a great encouragement to me.
The long and the short of it is that none of can stand alone. Like a coal separated from the fire, my passion for the Lord and His purpose fades quickly when I get outside the fellowship of the Body of Christ for very long. So to have the fellowship of the saints in the local church, plus the additional help of those the Lord has given as gifts to His Body, is worth beyond measure. And I am glad for it.