Today was a great day. Kris spoke to the students at 2PM and then the conference started at 7PM. He was talking about what season we are in as a church. It seems like Papa is constantly talking to me about seasons these days. Today, Kris was talking about the epoch seasons of the church. In order to know where we are in a season we have to live like this. We have to honor the past, live in the present and look toward the future. If we try to stay in the past and our favorite song is “The way we Were” then we will never be able to move into the season God has for us.
At the same time, we can’t ignore the present and just try to go straight to the future. If we do that we will miss what God is doing in us to prepare us for the future. So, we need to live in the present with our eye looking toward the future. Dreams and visions have no present or future, so we can pull them form the future into the present. Here is a quote that Kris got from someone. I don’t know who said it , but it rings of truth. In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully prepared for a world that no longer exists.
Think about it, it is so true. If you have stopped learning, you will not be able to adept to the world as it changes. There are many examples. Just look at the blacksmiths as cars came into existence. For many years it was debated if cars would ever work. But finally the infrastructure was put into place and cars replaced the horse and buggy. We are going through such a time in the church today. The old model of gathering people into a building to guard against breaking the rules is over. Now it is time to train equip and send out. We have been so set on keeping the rules that we have not gone after the relationship. Religion, any religion will wind up oppressing the population. It’s not about religion, it is about relationship. It always has been. Read the Song of Songs and say it is anything but relationship. We are the Bride of Christ. That symbol is not there by accident. Ephesians tells husbands to love their wives as Christ loves the Church. It sounds about relationship to me.
So, think about your relationship with the Godhead tonight. How is it? Where are your priorities? I know that I’ll be asking myself some of the same questions and more.