As all is so new on my iPad with iOS7, all is so new ahead of us. Fresh, simple, promising, with still much that needs to be unveiled… Just this morning it dropped in my spirit that the issue of separating yourself from the influences of the systems and structure we are part of, is vital in order to receive full understanding on the purpose of your lives.
Never forget that before one can “arrive” [in the fullness of their Kingdom-position, and destiny in Christ] they first must depart [from the worldly structures and systems].
This are the words that entered my inbox and remind me of the vital words spoken when, as a boy of 17, I received a word from a german pastor about keeping the movement by learning from the surfers (in San Francisco). It was a new hype at that time (1968) as the “hippies” found this new and exciting sport, surfing. The word given to me was about always catching the new wave in the right moment in order to keep on riding the waves.
This word defined my journey and as the Lord later would speak different times to me and my wife: Depart, depart, go out from there; touch no unclean thing; go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the Lord. (Isaiah 52:11 ESV)
As much as it sounded godly (and it was) it never felt godly, leaving (again). Leaving friends, habits, environments that were so familiar. We have learned by obedience that the call mostly came before the damage as we moved on, on our way to our promise. It was always hard, leaving people or action or initiatives as we felt that the urge was stronger than our strength. We are no nomads! Leaving is not our hobby!
We are not without destination, we are Kingdom called travellers on our way… and even today, living on that purposed mountain, there is still the urge to never live arrived!
It is so easy to arrive, to settle, to start creating a culture that generations to come has to fight again. As long as we realise that arriving has to do with comfort, false comfort as the bible over and over warns us that life is not about eating and drinking, we understand that “leaving” is about creating an alert spirit!
Arriving can be a very negative thing as people arrive in their complacency, their doing without, their becoming old, their accepting the lack and so on…
Arriving in your identity on the other hand is the most beautiful thing that can happen to you as it happened to my wife and I and with it we life from that new “level”, understanding that with it we can create a sphere of influence as we live in and from that wonderful understanding. We stopped traveling, we arrived but still there is the “never live arrived”, in your conclusions, opinions, understandings! The wonderful part of “always new”!
How intense is the process and how easily will we settle for less when the journey is so tiring, so demanding and the longing to unpack the moving-boxes is so deep.
What is my message for this day?
While our personal, physical “journey” is over, we know that our assignment is clear…
As still so much is to conquer, there is a need of a corporate understanding, that we build the Kingdom of God, here on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Only arrive in your destiny and live from it… the full!