Posted by: Jonathan Stepp | February 19, 2008

Easy

Conventional Christian wisdom says that hanging out with Jesus isn’t easy. We all “know” that God expects us to work hard to build his Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Jesus says “my yoke is easy.” (Matt. 11:30) How can that be?

We don’t see it unless we see the full implications of what Jesus means when he says “As I am in the Father and he is in me, so I am in you and you are in me.” (John 14:20)

We keep thinking that it’s our job to create community, to equip people to love each other, and train people to live the Kingdom life.

In comparison to that hard work it is easy to simply believe the truth about who we are: adopted into the life of the Father, Son and Spirit. When we believe it we find that the fruit of the Spirit – love, hope, joy, and community – comes pouring out of us.

Kingdom life grows when we believe that we are already in the Kingdom in Jesus.

In every reformation of the Church the Holy Spirit brings about a lifting of burdens that have been piled on over the preceding centuries. The neo-reformation will be the same as the Spirit leads us to rediscover that the easy yoke of Jesus is to believe that in him we are the children his Father has always wanted.

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  1. Ceck out “The Coming Reformation.”
    http://scottishwarriors.wordpress.com

    Its coming brother.

  2. Pastor Jonathan writes “The neo-reformation will be the same as the Spirit leads us to rediscover that the easy yoke of Jesus is to believe that in him we are the children his Father has always wanted.” Amen brother. Let me just add, that in the last 2000 years, the Christian community has been through cycle after cycle. We go from walking in His presence in humility and grace, to pride, ego, fearing man to captivity. Then we are humbled, the Lord’s love for His children is confirmed in His bringing us back, forgiving us and restoring us to His presence. We , as a community, have been in Babylon now for a generation or two. Now He is ready to bring us out, back to the Temple, where He will pour out His shekinah(the Lords presence made visible) glory on His people. His people will realize once again that all that matters is that we come into His presence. And in His presence we will discover fullness of Joy. Every problem will melt like wax in the presence of the Lord. Its not that we will be problem free, its that our problems will pale in comparison to His presence, as Paul would say “Our light and momentary afflictions,” will seem very small as we move in the vision of the eternal. The Church is only effective in relation to its perception of God. We , as a community in general, have been worshipping a weak and anemic God. Yet just one-second in His manifest presence blows that perception out of the water, that is why this coming move, this Reformation, is a reformation or our very walk with Him. Ego’s will have no place in this new move. There will be no powerful personalities in this new move, there will just be servants who the Lord will use to usher His people into His presence and in His presence we will only be conscious of Him and Him alone. And when we come out of that presence and go back into the world then we will glow, just as Moses did glow and the people who dwell in the darkness of this world will see a city set on a hill and they will be drawn to that, the light of Christ, the light of the world……………Frank


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