There is a drawing together right now – here – in this bloggy community. I keep being asked “what’s it all about – I think I am missing something”.
But just how do you draw relationship? How do you express relationship without creating just one more club with the same tired rules and exclusion clauses?
And then I think of being married – that was not my intention when we first met. How we have lived together more than 30 years – that was not the intention when we first met. How we have had four children – how we have weathered storms that could and have torn us apart – how we know now what we never knew then – so much that was “never our intention” when we first met. How would I have written that – expressed that – when we first met.
Just how do you draw relationship? How do you express relationship as a structure? Because when we talk about God – talk about Kingdom Work? We are talking about relationship. It is always about relationship. Because the answer is always Love. And relationship is the ONLY way to Love. And love is the only way to relationship.
But talk about “committing to Kingdom work”?
Immediately we ask what are your intentions? What are you creating? Where is this going? Who do you need? What will they do? Who is boss? Do I like who is boss? What if we disagree? What if I think My God is not Your God – what then? And our spiritual DNA response?
“I am not sure I can commit because I don’t know what I am committing to.”
He has spoken this morning: “You are committing to relationship. On the same basis I always offer: without pre-conditions, in unconditional Love and fellowship, of One together in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
You are committing to bring His “Harrods” to others who do not know it even exists. You are committing to supporting those who prefer to shop in a “convenience store”. You are committing to walking as He walks, you are committing to loving as He loves, you are committing to share the fruit of your own gifts given to you alone, you are committing to doing that in relationship. Because Love already lives. We are in a relationship with (whatever name we have for) God. And Love connects.
You are committing to the same invitation He gives each of us: Follow Me.
This morning my verses were well known “classics”.
“Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” John 11:19-27
How often we live, “I know that I will rise again in the resurrection on the last day – until then …”
Living a “good life” so we can have a “great eternity” – saving for “our dream cruise” by “penny pinching” right now. Living half a life now so we can “live forever” – when we die.
“I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”
I do not see a future tense there. Only present tense. Now. This moment. My “dream cruise” IS my life and daily living – now – today. I am not “saving” for my dream cruise – because it costs nothing. I am not living a good life so I can have a “great future”. I am living right now – today, this moment – in “Harrods”.
Because how can I have a relationship with “the future” (and how can I love myself so much that I ONLY love you because that’s how I get to heaven when I die)?
“I am the resurrection and the life.”
It is 7.04am on Wednesday morning here right now as I write these words. I know He means “I AM” right now, and the next second, and the second after that.
That is relationship. That is Love. That is my answer.