What’s In Your House? – Creativity

images-1I 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?”

Kelsey Quin_quote 12My 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.

This Doesn’t Fit! – Creativity

1 Samuel 17:38-40 38 Then Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on him over the armor. 39 David tried to walk but he could hardly budge. David told Saul, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.” And he took it all off. 40 Then David took his shepherd’s staff, selected five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s pack, and with his sling in his hand approached Goliath. The Message

Over the years, I often felt restrained, and constricted while sitting in church. I felt like David in the verses above. Someone usually tried to get me to wear something I just couldn’t fit into because it was not me. I often felt stifled, wanting to pull a Braveheart, standing up in the middle of the room and shouting, “Freeeeeeeeeedom”. I didn’t, of course, but I wanted to. I got irritated and suddenly found myself wanting to get free, at any costs. In my frustration, I cried “Get me out of this.” Just like David.

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Yes, this has happened to me. No, I am not against the church. Yes, this is my personal experience. No, I am not against the local church. I am for individuality in Christ, but not independence. Being independent can cultivate introspection and selfishness or being a long ranger. There is a beauty in the Body of Christ when we find that place of interconnectedness, but not at the cost of fitting in because of external pressure, or being absorbed into religion, or losing that creative spark in my life.

I don’t want to try on someone’s vision or be conformed to any one’s mantle. I am being formed in Christ, and conformed to His image in my life. I want to be joined to others in Christ, where we live, move and have our being in Him. Right now, Marvin and I worship at home and weekly fellowship with our Finnish family in the Spirit via Face Time.

This may sound strange to you but it works for us right now. I am not looking for a ‘church family’ to fit into, just for the sake of being in a form. I know many out there right now are in the same position as we are – walking alone, trying to find their way in the Body of Christ, outside the walls of a form but still part of the Body. We will see a ‘coming together’ but it will be in a new way, a fresh way in Christ. So just keep walking, keep walking, keep walking. Eventually we will find each other, connect with each other, and birth that new thing, that new wineskin in Christ. We will. I won’t settle for less.

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Interconnectedness in Christ, each of us beautifully formed and fashioned in Him, allows us to flow in the ‘Christ in me’ alongside the “Christ in you”. This is the foundation of my passion for creativity in the Body of Christ. I thrive and flourish when YOU are walking in Christ as YOU. There is no other way for me to be me.

So how do I practically see this working out, so that it is more than just musings on this blog? I am not sure yet. I see something in the distance forming and I am not quick to jump and run because as humans, we so easily try to form it in our own wisdom. So I am heading to Finland in November to pray alongside our team. We are small but mighty in Christ. J We want to see with eyes wide open what the Lord is saying about all of this. Building a new paradigm in our midst – a daunting task but someone’s got to do it. We will keep you posted.