I keep hearing this one verse over and over this past week. I am standing in this place of revelation in Christ Jesus, in union with Him, and it seems I deeply know that this next step will be revealed by looking at who is in me, rather than what flows out of me. The being first and then the doing. For a long time, I have believed this down to the depth of my being. Now what to do? It seems that so much out there is redundant, a remix of things, and just a glut of information and images. Then I hear this verse. But, I also see this verse before me.
2 Kings 4:2 Elisha said, “I wonder how I can be of help. Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Nothing,” she said. “Well, I do have a little oil. The Message
Jesus seems to be asking me the same question, “What do you have in your house?” I desperately want something new and fresh to creatively express who He is. I don’t want the same ole’ same ole’ thing. But how to do it? “What do you have in your house? What’s in you Debra to be My creative expression?”
My answer. “I don’t know yet Lord. I am not sure yet but I see something coming but I can’t quite put a finger on it yet. It is creatively expressing who you are through my life. How? I am not sure. I can feel it. I can almost see it and touch it and taste it BUT it is not formed yet, so I wait and watch and move out one step at a time.”
Look around. The world is glutted with words, images, books, conferences, thoughts, opinions, and more. At times it makes me want to retreat as far away from everything that I can get because I am weary of taking it all in. Just look at Facebook. My wall is glutted with Christian thoughts, pictures, sayings, and more. So what to do? Only what the Holy Spirit says to do and then He will lead the way. A different form, this shift – it is here and yet, I am without words to describe it BUT I will know it and then do it.
Not doing church the same way. But how? Creatively. This young generation thrives on visual explosion and so it goes. How to do it? Creatively and outside the box. That is where Finland comes into play with our team there. That is where California comes into play as we also live here. The young generation thrives on authenticity, honesty, visual expression, and relationship, just to name a few things. The church tries to create this with Power point productions, dramas, and cutting edge light shows, worship teams ablaze in images, and messages that seem a bit redundant at times. Yet, in the midst of it all, I still see a shallow mediocrity hidden in all the ‘stuff’. So I often wonder what great innovators do as they think through ideas and imaginations? How do they translate what is in their heart into reality? Let’s see what time brings my way. This blog – processing thoughts right now and not drawing conclusions. So, you are all part of my process.