“My hands and my feet must move!” (January 6, 2008)

In the Spirit, I see a net – cords linking representations of church buildings (representing ‘traditional’ church models) to representations of house churches (representing ‘non traditional’ models), spreading from one structure to the other. Actually, it is a complex network of connections, called by biologists a ‘neural network’. A dictionary definition of ‘neural network’ is “any group of neurons that conduct impulses in a coordinated manner, as the assemblages of brain cells that record a visual stimulus.” (Dictionary.com) Research exposes an interesting capability of neural networks – the ability to learn: “A real or virtual device, modeled after the human brain, in which several interconnected elements process information simultaneously, adapting and learning from past patterns.” (American Heritage Dictionary)

As relationship, love and real unity form between two structures, a fine chain joins them together with a ‘*clink*’ sound; as the chain snaps together, the glory of the Lord flashes. I sense that the cords represent love and unity, and that the net represents the central nervous system of the Body of Christ. As divine Thoughts come from the Head, Jesus Christ himself, the whole Body can spring into action because the message of his will is communicated accurately to every area. Real respect and unity will allow the desire of Christ to be communicated to and through the Church, irrespective of the type of structure the particular assembly holds. The ability to learn will also mean that what God releases, his entire Body becomes, as it learns to follow the patterns of His Spirit.

The Church is Christ’s hands and feet. We spring into action at the command of the Head – and this in turn brings the Kingdom of God to earth. Just as Christ, while on earth, preached “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” and “The Kingdom of Heaven is near you”, evidenced by healing the sick, raising the dead, etc (really, simply, evidenced by him obeying the directives of his Father in Heaven) – just as obedience to God the Father demonstrated the Kingdom then – a Church that is not infighting because one assembly looks different or has a slightly different view of theology, but is in right relationship to God and each other, and is obedient to the Voice of God, will expand the Kingdom.

We are of different forms, different locations, different giftings and different emphases – but we are joined together by relationship, and have Christ as our head. As the Word of the Lord is released, we respond in different ways appropriate to whatever facet of the network we belong to, but we all seek to respond in obedience. As the Divine Thoughts of God are released into our midst, we seek to expand the Kingdom of God through our body. This is only possible because of our relationship together – our acceptance of each other’s differences because we serve the same Lord.

Let us pray that this prophetic picture will be true of the global Body of Christ. Jesus, in praying for the church to come said, “I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony, 17:21 that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. The glory you gave to me I have given to them, that they may be one just as we are one –I in them and you in me – that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.” (Luke 17:20-23)

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2 Responses

  1. Hello there Robert,
    thanks for dropping by my blog. It’s good to meet you.
    Something always stirs in my heart when I think about the ‘feet’
    of the Body of Christ. Looks like you got lots of reading and interesting insights here on your blog, i am going to be peeking around .
    blessings and peace , Ruth

  2. Blessings to you, Ruth 🙂

    We’ll be peeking on each other’s blogs…. good stuff! May God inspire us with His word 😀

    Robert

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