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The second blessing

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

(Luke 12v21 NIV)

Notice that Jesus didn’t say any mention about giving to the poor. 

It is nothing about helping those in need. 

You could argue that it was implied. 

But that is an assumption we can easily make but it isn’t what He said. 

There are two questions here…

  • What does He mean by ‘this is how it will be…’?
  • How can we or how should we be rich towards God? 

The man may have died prematurely. 

But we all die eventually. 

It is clearly a warning. 

But what kind of warning? 

He is emphasising a selfishness. 

In particular related to wealth. 

But is there more to it? 

I suspect that Jesus was addressing a wider issue. 

It is a matter of the heart. 

The man was unexpectedly blessed.

Which was nice.

This would’ve been considered a sign from God. 

An indication that they were doing something right. 

This might be the only measure they had.

We might be guilty of the same.

Equating material wealth with spirituality. 

However, this man gave no thought to God. 

He had already been blessed. 

This issue arose after the second blessing. 

The first was he was already wealthy. 

He already was better off than most. 

But the second blessing which had nothing to do with his ability to create wealth was his stumbling block. 

He should’ve given careful thought as to this blessing. 

What was he was supposed to do with it. 

He should’ve had another thought. 

Instead he took it as his. 

He felt in some measure he deserved it. 

That it was part of his ability to gain and create wealth. 

He missed a significant point. 

It wasn’t because of him. 

The ground gave it to him. 

He hadn’t earned it nor worked for it. 

What or who are you working for?

2018-08-20T13:07:53+00:00 Monday, August 20th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

He has a better plan

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

(Luke 12v20 NIV)

It is never going to end well if God calls you a fool. 

You can’t expect to have a heart attitude like that and expect there to be no consequences. 

We are all answerable to God for what we do. 

Even what we say and what we think. 

He sees it all and nothing is hidden from Him. 

He is not asleep as some think. 

Neither is He paralysed to act. 

Here Jesus is highlighting the foolishness of what drives people. 

Exposing their true motives. 

People are driven for gain. 

It is seen as an end in itself. 

It is seen as a natural part of life. 

Even that it is what life is all about. 

But He has given you life for a reason. 

It is not measured by the accumulation of stuff. 

Make what you do count for something or someone other than you.

2018-08-19T22:40:59+00:00 Sunday, August 19th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

Ekklesia #2

The church is meant to have political and cultural clout in society. 

It isn’t just about individuals but towns, cities, regions and nations. 

“One would assume that during His years of public ministry, Jesus must have spent considerable time teaching about the Church, specifically about its nature and also how to plant and grow one. Get ready to be surprised, because as far as the four gospels are concerned, Jesus used the word translated “church” in our Bibles only three times (see Matthew 16:18; 18:17). That is the extent of His recorded teaching on the subject in the gospels.” (from “Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Instrument for Global Transformation” by Ed Silvoso, Bill Johnson)…

2018-05-08T10:45:21+00:00 Tuesday, May 8th, 2018|Ekklesia|

Ekklesia #1

Jesus did not say ‘I will build my synagogue or temple’

He said ‘I will build My Ekklesia’

Church is translated from the Greek origin Ekklesia 

When we say church what do we think of? Meeting, building, leader, worship, teaching, offering, organisation, membership? We talk about ‘…being at church’ or ‘…going to church’ or ‘…the church should…’ ‘…I am a member of…’ 

As if it is a thing itself. 

“During the days when Jesus walked this earth, however, Ekklesia—the Greek word translated into English as “church”—was not religious in nature or connotation at all. In fact, by the time He first uttered the word in the gospel of Matthew, it had been in use for centuries in both the Greek and Roman empires to refer to a secular institution operating in the marketplace in a governmental capacity.” From Ekklesia by Ed Silvoso 

What we now know as ‘church’ has evolved over the centuries but may not be exactly what He intended or intends for today. 

The scriptures describe the Ekklesia sweeping across the known world at that time. 

That seems a far cry from what we now see as struggling to have impact on the culture and society it helped create. 

So what is church/Ekklesia?

It is all about people. They went from house to house. It wasn’t a Sunday service. The church was 24/7

Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Acts 5:42

42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.

The church in the early years…

Was the instrument of God to transform people and society.

Was a people movement. 

It was countercultural.

It grew organically.

Right across the region.

The church grew without bible schools, seminaries or full time staff.

There was little or no organisation.

Didn’t even have the New Testament as we have it.

There were a few epistles/letters floating around.

Motive: Love

For Him

For each other

For others

And loving what He has gifted you, you

Love looks like something 

Love costs something

It is not change for the sake of it

But changing our hearts, our attitudes and motives

He believes in you

He has written a book about you

Not in pencil so He can rub it out and rewrite it

Not on a word processor so He can edit it as He goes along

Find out what He has written about you

And do it, be it

Whatever you are now you are better than that

2018-04-30T05:37:21+00:00 Monday, April 30th, 2018|Ekklesia|

Light of the World, yes you

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
14 You are the light of the world

This simple statement says it all.
This is who you are.
This is what you are. 

It is your identity. 
There is nothing more important, individually or corporately.You are light. 

You are hope. 
You are the answer and you beg the question. 
People will look at you and wonder. 

They will see the light that you have. 
In their minds and in their spirits they will ask the question.
They will want to know what you have. 

They will perceive that you are not from the same culture.
When Jesus said this He didn’t qualify it. 
He didn’t say you will become the light of the world when you are good enough. 

No, you are that light right now. 
That is what you are not what you are going to be. 
How brightly you shine is up to you. 

This light expels the darkness and attracts people. 
It is the very light of heaven in you. 
It is the glory of God in you. 

They will see Him in you and that is how it is meant to be. 
They will love you because they love Him first. 
They will hate you because they hate Him first. 

Let people see and experience the light that is in you. 
Believe that you are the light to the world. 
The words you have will bring life. 

They will bring encouragement. 
The love that will emanate from you will be His love flowing through you. 
The world is looking for answers. 

They want more than mere words.
They want a demonstration. 
Something they can touch. 

Something they can see as well as hear. 
You have that within you. 
The answer, complete and unabridged. 

You lack nothing because He that lives in you lacks nothing. 
That is why we can say ‘nothing is impossible’. 
With confidence we say ‘all things are possible’.

Simply because it is not us alone but it is Him in us. 
The beauty and genius of this is that He is quite happy to use flawed and broken people. 
If you have made mistakes or messed up you instantly qualify.

The light that shines in you is His light. 
It isn’t a dimmed, weak or ineffective light. 
It isn’t a broken bulb. 

It is the light of His glory. 
It is His kingdom seen. 
An expression of His love and His joy. 

It is the light of the good news that He cares passionately about every single person. 
The world deserves an encounter with Him. 
There is so much darkness where the enemy has had a field day. 

destroying people’s lives and relationships. 
He wants to heal and restore. 
He is going to do it through you.
He has a cunning plan.

2018-04-18T07:50:25+00:00 Wednesday, April 18th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|

A life less ordinary

“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little”
(Luke 7v47 NIV)

Don’t love little, draw closer to Him and you will see how much He loves you. 
Remind yourself what He has done for you.
Imagine life without Him, that should get you.

You can do nothing but be undone by it. 
The closer you are the more you cannot help love Him. 
Deliberately and intentionally spending time with Him, drawing close to Him will change everything.

Ask Him what love looks like? 
It might be different to what you might call love. 
Describe in your own words why you love Him and how you show your love to Him. 

It is for you to search out what that love looks like. 
It isn’t necessarily what you do in terms of serving in the church but that can be part of it. 
You live for Him.

There is no other kind of life.

2018-04-14T08:18:00+00:00 Saturday, April 14th, 2018|Heaven's Culture|