Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Change...The Buzz Word

This morning as I am sitting watching the sun rise and communing with Jesus, does the topic of nomadic life penetrate my thinking. (The rising was a beautiful hot pink and neon orange set against a pale blue, then robin's egg blue sky laced with violet hues by-the-way. God never fails to paint a perfect picture.)

Nomad - as defined by Merriam-Webster:
1 : a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory
2 : an individual who roams about

Jesus was a nomad, His church was nomadic. In the Old Testament, God moved about leading His people here and there...which got me thinking about how backwards we are in our "ministry" today. We expect people to come to us - to our big, bright and shiny, high tech facility - unlike the example of Jesus and His followers.

You know, we talk about the emergent church, about missional community, about relationship, about the need to change how we, as the body of Christ, engage in being in this world but not of this world, yet we still expect people to come to us or to meet in a our model environment. Are we nothing but talk? Would we really consider getting out of our chair and going someplace unconventional to engage in relationship with others? That someplace I am talking about could mean their house, their street, their country, their place du jour...move around?

Perhaps pondering this topic is the effect of spring on my heart, but it seems to me that in so many ways, we have defined what we think the life of Christ actually was to satisfy ourselves - to accommodate our desires - to our glory...


We need to change how we think and do just about everything from ministry to the environment these days. Change requires action, movement. I guess, in a way, we should expect to be more nomadic in our behaviour. It is not easy in our "cater-to-me-so-I'm-not-inconvenienced" society and I am just as guilty as the next person in this area, but it doesn't mean I need to remain as part of the status quo.

Change - the buzz word of the season...

What will that look like for you this year? Will it look like anything at all or is it too much of a bother to even consider?

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