Report - April 14, 2008
Hello again, friends.
Recently a friend wrote an e-mail, which I’ll paraphrase:
I was walking about a month ago, and God spoke to me clearly. "I would rather someone have 10 encounters with Christians showing them love, than one encounter in which he/she gets saved and only learns rules and law."
At that point I came into the understanding that it's all about love, not just in action but in teaching one another to love the person that is their neighbor . . .
Do we realize that God enjoys us more when we’re just enjoying Him, riding around on a motorcycle, or scuba diving, than when we’re out performing for Him? Don't believe me? Ask Him! Because fathers desire children who want a relationship with them more than they want children who are just good workers for them.
God thinks His Children are amazing, and He loves us more than anything we could ever do for Him. :-)
Your description of the Father is the same as the One I love and out of that love respond and act. I’m not forced to do what I do; I’m led and compelled by that love. Hopefully I love in the same way His Son was compelled to hug a child, wash a foot, laugh, and bring joy to the world. When I’m involved in helping the children, it’s like I feel His hand on my shoulder, like a Father would, encouraging or walking along with His child.
As Jesus walked, in fellowship with His father, it is the same passion of my heart. No, I’m not 100% accurate at all times, but my heart tells me I’m never far off.
I guess it comes down to the bottom line. We are His creation, fearfully and wonderfully made. Each created different, and for different purposes. Live life with no regrets. Then one day, we’ll turn the corner and find ourselves in the most familiar place we’ve never been: Heaven…
This is the same kind of message I share with the team, just to quiet our heart and feel His presence. We never lack for things to do . . . We do often lack for His presence. Like my second son once said, "I too yearn for His presence. Never enough of my Dad’s loving.
In the meantime, if He made me for His purpose, I will run for His pleasure, and in it I find pleasure as well.
Balance . . .
When I ride my motorcycle I sense Him, when I scuba dive, He is there, when I fall asleep, He's there, too. When I eat, yep. He is the passion of my life. It may be weird to some, but that doesn’t really matter to me.
Many years ago (while still a child), He gave me some very vivid visions of eternity without Him. Trust me, no one wants to be there. But many will end up there. He put a love and calling, a passion inside of me that compels me to walk daily in His presence.
I hope that the growth and ministry we are experiencing is simply a reflection of His love in action. If not, this too will fade away. But if I’m hearing His voice and He’s telling me to go and bring them in, the lame, blind, poor, etc. and I obey… and He walks and talks with me as I do His bidding, then I’m at peace. Since He wrote that He wanted His house to be full, and since He is enabling us in that quest, I will do my best to follow His directions — with joy.
The numbers we are seeing coming to our services each week (nearing 6,000) are not coming as a result of my striving, but I believe it's the byproduct of a Christ-Spirit-filled life. I’m still a child in many ways. The things He is teaching me I did not learn in seminary. I learn them by listening to Him. As with you, I find many things in the traditional churches are very disturbing. I find that those who claim to be His bride are in desperate need of the radical touch of the Master’s untraditional hand and love.