Saturday, November 18, 2006

Intimate and Involved

Without wanting to be to preachy, here’s something that really makes me tick, I have heard Pete Greig talk about this many times:

I think the church needs to be an intimate prayerful people, who touch the Father’s heart and experience the transforming power of his presence. We also need to be an involved people, who prayerfully take the Fathers heart to the world and introduce others to Jesus and allow them to experience the transforming power of His presence in their lives.

We must be careful that we don’t try to spread our message without the back up of prayer, the power of the Holy Spirit and the transforming power of having been in His presence. Likewise we must be very careful that we don’t pray, experience the Holy Spirit and become transformed by His presence without ever being compelled to fulfil the biblical mandate of taking Jesus to others.

We need to be a people who do both, it would be completely wrong to say “I pray, others reach out” or “I reach out, others pray” a Christians life needs both intimacy and involvement.

The Christian faith is two pronged and I don’t think we can choose to go for just one prong! Read Matthew 22: 37 -40 we are called to do both, love the Lord your God with all your heart and Love your neighbours as yourself.

YWAM sums it up beautifully in their mission statement “To know God and make God known”.

We can’t just be presence seekers, that on it’s own bugs me; we also need to be presence bringers. We need to be striving to do both together at all times.

Read Exodus 16: 42 – 50. A deadly plague is spreading throughout the children of Israel, they are literally dropping like flies in front of Moses and Aaron, Aaron runs to the Altar, the place that represents the presence of God, he gets some incense and fire from the Altar and runs into the middle of the people and stands with the incense and the plague stops. It says that he took the fire and “stood between the living and the dead”.
We must be a people who get fire from the presence of God and then stand in the middle of a dying world and bring life. We are called to stand between the living and the dead but we can only do this if we have got the fire from His presence. Aaron carried something that he had got from the presence of God into the middle of a very dark and desperate situation and the plague stopped. One man ran into the presence and then ran into the dying world around him and made a difference. The fact that he ran suggests urgency, lives depended on his speed.

My prayer is that we all become like Aaron; filled with a desire to run to the presence of God and that we are also filled with enough compassion for the lost and dying to run with His presence into the world.

Intimacy and involvement. Prayer and action. Faith and deeds..

There is responsibility that is invested in us from heaven itself to be a people who pray and keep praying in order that we can be a people who witness and keep witnessing.

Sorry if there is jargon in here! but I mean all the above.


Anonymous said...

Well said mate. Jesus said that he only did what he saw the Father doing. That's why we need to be "Spirit-led" rather than "full of good intentions". The latter can ultimately be more about us than His Kingdom. I think that your post put that connection, between being in the Kingdom and doing the work of the Kingdom, very well.

"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

Bless you.

dave wiggins said...

haha, i heard pete speak once in city church, belfast. he spoke on that very subject but it stuck with me.

Sheena said...

well said, brian. you cannot have ministry to God without ministry to those He longs for, and you cannot minister to those He longs to touch if you do not stay connected to His heart.

andrew jones said...

presence bringers . . . YEAH!

dan said...

thanks brian ...