The Worst Seats in the House

Sometimes I feel like an intruder in the church world. Whether it be ministry or biblical understanding…defending discipleship and the commitment to the Scriptures.

How did these pillars of the faith become the columns believed to be blocking our view? What happens to the people of G_d when our focus is shifted away from these things…trying to see around them in order that we might catch a glimpse….but of what, I wonder? I’d argue that we don’t know what it is that we believe our obstructed view is of.

We shift in our seats, trying to see – asking those around us if they can see any more clearly – yet we don’t know what! We tell stories about what might be out there, dreaming about what we’re missing and how we might eventually see…if only we could figure out how to see, in spite of these pillars.

What happens when we realize that the pillars are how we see? We musn’t figure out how to see around them to something else…but, rather they compel us to look up to that which they hold.

THE VERY THRONE OF G_D!!!

Will the view change when we see the pillars for the beauty and value that they are? That which the LORD rests his reign upon. May we gaze upon the pillars of Scripture and Discipleship so we can more clearly see the very throne of G_d.

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The Way of Evangelism

When people (often) talk about evangelism it is about people NEEDING to be ushered into The Kingdom. What if it wasn’t so much about people needing to be a part of The Kingdom of Heaven as it is important for The Kingdom of Heaven to have people become a part of it? Let that sink in a moment.

What if we shifted the focus from getting people IN to The Kingdom – to The Kingdom being made better with each new person. A new voice is added to the choir. A new creation added to the repertoire.

It is just a slight shift…but, I believe, a significant one. It is significant because:

THIS is Hospitality…the acknowledgment that what is already mine (The Kingdom of Heaven) is made better when others have access to it!

May we welcome the stranger into our midst – like Abraham (Genesis 18) and treat The Kingdom as a place to extend hospitality unlike Genesis 19 (Ez. 16.49). With each new resident The Kingdom gets better.

Do you believe welcoming the other (and their voice) can allow The Kingdom to grow and flourish in our midst?