Some people have asked me “Why the sudden change of attitude and appearance?”
My background as some of you know is coming from a pastor’s kid, I know, the trouble maker kid!! But no, I was a angel!! Anyway, you know how it is in every family you are taught and you just believe and do. I have grown up in many churches with my parents changing churches and my moving here and there to witness many church settings and situations. Just like maybe you have. I have been on boards,committees, councils and many of sponsers time. So I have seen the church from inside out.
My journey began when I started to question to myself why the church was doing this and doing that, or why wasn’t we doing this instead? If we are the christians that we say we are, why weren’t we doing this? I started to watch the church for over a 2 years and did not like what I saw! I finally asked myself “Is this what God intended His Church to be?” You see, The church has been doing this for over 1700 years and it should’t look like this!! We should be doing something right, but it doesn’t look like it, according to me, at least.
I started to look into the history of the church, I love history anyway so I started there. I have read a few historical books, then to the beginning of the church in the new testament and noticed something. 1+1 didn’t equal 2. The beginning church does not look anything like the church of today! History tells us alot of things that went wrong including some well intention christians and Kings. This is not what we should dwell on, but to only realize that we did make a wrong turn in being the “Church” that we should be!!
From this step I dug into the church of the new testament beginning with Acts. I have since journeyed my way through all the epistles and those many conflicts of the churches of Asia. My journey from here took a twist that has changed my life and my persective of the Church!
In my journey to find the real Church, I found the notion that the Church began at Home. Organic church, Home church, House church, Simple church. All these terms have been used to represent the Church as opposed to the “institutional Church” as we have now. My journey here has lasted over 2 years in this way of being away from the I.C. . This trip has since led me to realization that what the Church is not where it is but “Who it is”.
It is me. It is I. It is Christ in me!! You see I was created to be a “High Priest”. The High Priest in the old testament was the only one that was allowed to commune with God in the Holy of Holies. Now God realized that He was going to have everyone in the Holy of Holies. and Everyone was going to be commune with God!! Don’t know about you but this makes me just want to stand up and shout and praise HIs Name!!
Now if you noticed something in what I said in this last paragraph, the High Priest had to be in the Holy of Holies to commune with the Lord. (just a side note here. We need to read the bible not for the stories or the just the words, but for the pictures and types of Christ that it paints for us, dig deep in your study of the bible, not just for our entertainment) We need to be in certain place with God to commune with God. No! I did not say we need to be in an building on this day, or this hour with these people. We need to be of one accord,One Spirit, One with Him, however you want to say it but we need to be in our Spirit with Him. His Spirit will be with US when we reach the Holy of Holies.
Now, I am just beginning to understand this concept of God, and I can’t wait for the next step that I take in this wonderful journey. My journey has led me to understand that I must cover myself of my humanness. I don’t know where this is going to lead me, but I am willing to take the challenge. Please pray for me in this walk!
A challenge to everyone, re-read Genesis and Exodus and read it as a type of Christ or a Picture of Christ and let me know what you see!! just a hint: Genesis is Christ; Exodus is the Church. It will blow you away!! Good Reading!