Monday, January 04, 2016

Community Is Where Humility and Glory Touch

The orange room in our new Children's building.

"Community is where humility and glory touch."

Henri Nouwen[1]

The Real Jesus called forth a community to dwell in and work through, not a bunch of isolated, detached individuals. Call this: "church." Ekklesia

Ek + kaleo = the called-out-by-Christ people.

Effective, Jesus-indwelt community requires individual and corporate humility. Every single person in the totality abandons themselves to the will and ways of God. This is Real Church. It's a Communal Movement. 

I have met several community rejecting Christians who refuse to assemble with other believers. In this regard they are biblical and theological apostates, no matter how bad they were treated. People like this have chosen pride over humility, bitterness over forgiveness, division over reconciliation.  

If community-despising is in you and you don’t want to let it go, then I suggest you not get a praying life. Because if you commit to praying God will break your heart. This will be the initial thing God does for you. This is crucial because his glory refuses to descend on a proud heart; rather, God's glory graces the humble heart.

We read: God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.[2]


 How very good and pleasant it is
    when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
    running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
    running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
    which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the 
Lord ordained his blessing,
    life forevermore.

The humble, unified Jesus Community can expect to experience God's...
·                     blessing
·                     grace
·                     glory
·                     presence
·                     leading
·                     power
·                     love

Be praying for your Jesus Community.

[1] Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith, 130
[2] James 4:6
[3] Psalm 133:1-3