A Call to Belonging in the New Era
A Dream — A Call to Belonging in the New Era
In the new era that The Holy Spirit is taking us into there is a move from individual platform ministry to multiple team giftings operating together.
Ordinary common Christians will be at the forefront of a move of God.
Part of this move is a move of unity between Christians of different mindsets; those who emphasize the word and those who emphasize The Holy Spirit will recognise each other as partners extending the kingdom of God. (Smith-Wigglesworth 1947).
I had a dream that will challenge some views, and invite bold steps towards learning to operate as a family in ministry.
In the Dream, I was at a Christian conference venue. A couple in their 40s had been given a large spacious room in this old house that had many rooms.
The man had begun to move some of the furniture around and take items out of cubicle shelves in the room, without any consent from the owners. It seemed inappropriate for him to be doing this in someone else’s hospitality building.
There was a sense that the couple had recently joined the Christian community, but were not quite fitting.
The wife seemed oblivious to the implications of what husband was up to, and was laying on the bed seeking comfort from God alone, although there was an intensity to this that was not completely natural.
There was a sense that this was more of an escapism from family, husband and church relationships, rather than a deep dwelling in God’s Presence so without real purpose and outcome from prayer.
The dream seemed a little disturbing, until I began to realise, this was how many of us in The Body of Christ tend to operate, with very individual visions and perspectives, and without any sense of being family or being part of a shared vision mission led by those anointed to bring the community together.
Like the man in the dream, many are seeking their own individual ministry faith journey, outside of the place they have in the flock of Jesus.
He would easily separate from others who had different views, rather than find the common purpose of the Kingdom for which we have been joined together.
The woman in the vision represents those who currently tend to operate in a “me and Jesus” mode of living, that has not learned to find a place by being in God’s Family.
The two examples show what can bring isolation, rather than integration, in The Body of Christ.
Such individualism leaves The Body of Christ weak and fragmented in a way that can enable the enemy wolves to come in and separate off those who are on the edge of the flock.
In the new season, opportunities for valuable God-given friendships are not to be missed, as some will become like lifetime treasures that are mutually enriching and provide a sense of belonging.
The Holy Spirit is calling His Own out of a mode of isolation and personal agenda, into a Family who love, recognise and build one another up, and is creating a team spirit to align us with His Agenda in a higher place, where brothers and sisters pray for each others roles, as they recognise one another’s giftings and encourage one another, being comfortable placed alongside others, acting as one, as a winning team.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.
“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10.
~ Geoff Pick
Thanks and a big AMEN – Time to rediscover spiritual family :)
Great insight. SO much division in families has caused God’s people to accept it as the norm. What a beautiful picture of truth. Thanks for sharing. Sandi Holman