God’s Will is a Body:
God’s goal has always been a body – a place that is inhabited with His presence in the earth for the Father’s glory. The body of Christ is the place of calling, inheritance, and destiny. The body of Christ is a place of life, an increasing expression of life, and a place of living for life-filled purpose of God. We cannot be priests who offer sacrifices on behalf of the people. We have to empower people to present their bodies as living sacrifices. We have to empower people to see themselves as members of a body for the purpose of God’s will and kingdom influence in their world.
The key to being the body of Christ is to become an external expression of what is written upon the hearts and minds of people. How do we get people to prioritize that? How do we create structures that support an environment of people embracing what God is writing on their hearts and minds? How do we create structures that support an environment where people embrace this same principle and value in the corporate body?
What does your corporate body look like? A body is made of members who come together to make a living expression of Christ. Drawing near to God includes drawing near to one another. How do we create structures that serve an environment that welcomes and inspires people to draw near to God and draw near to one another for the purpose of what He is writing on hearts and minds, individually and corporately?
It has to be an environment that considers one another to stir up love and good works. How do we create environments that encourage people to come together and not forsake coming together as is the manner of some, even increasingly some to be many? What will inspire others to come together to be a body that does the will of God? And is the will of God?
It is the will of God for us to come together. It is the will of God for us to see ourselves as part of this body, this family, this community. What we do cannot be for the work of ministry. It has to be for the purpose of being the body of Christ. This is a dwelling place of His presence for His calling, His inheritance, and His purpose. It is a dwelling place of His identity, His testimony, and His power working through us.
Our structures and means of doing things must facilitate the heart. It must facilitate desire, and not obligations for the service of ministry. It must be a testimony of inspiration and facilitation and not one of control or conformity.
We have to be willing to change some of the structures of the past to facilitate the ancient truth in a culture that is relevant to today. We have to be willing to change some of the structures of the past to facilitate the ancient truth in a culture that is relevant to today. Our leadership must be focused on transformation rather than simply information… so we need to embrace a government that enables and empowers people to change from the inside out. We lead as examples of those who are internally transformed and we live to empower those we lead to be the same.
Please send me some brief testimonies of what you are doing to fulfill these things so we can all learn from one another. I will post some testimonies for the sake of others in the network.
Thanks so much,
Ted J. Hanson
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