Through The Church

Let The Church

“His intent was that now , through the church,  the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

Ephesians 3:10-12 {NIV}

This image of the church speaks deeply to my heart. The intent of God and his heart for the church that she would display his MANIFOLD wisdom. His deep, wide, over and beyond wisdom of the ages. He would choose the church to be the one to preach, display, embody and make known his wisdom. He chose the church, the messy, imperfect, beautiful church. 

She not only gets to make known his wisdom on earth to all people, but the church preaches, makes known, displays his MANIFOLD wisdom to the heavenly courts. She is on display and through her he shows his wisdom. This was not his wisdom that was reacting to a problem. No, this was wisdom of ages past, eternally thought through, planned and purposed before the first creation breath. He chose her, he loves her, he purposed her to display his beautiful and perfect wisdom.

She can display his wisdom because it was accomplished in Christ. Jesus is the manifold wisdom of God. The church displays and makes known Jesus’ rule and reign, that is her mandate, her calling.

She makes known his grace that says there is none so far that God will not draw near, there is none so broken that he cannot heal, none so lost that he cannot find, none so low that he can not lift high, none so far that he can not reach, none so abandoned that he can not love, none so taken that he can not redeem, none so damaged that he can not make new. The love and wisdom of Christ shows that he is not far off, he is close in saving.

It is in Jesus and through faith in Him that we can approach, walk up, be in his presence, speak to and hear from the Creator.

Heaven watches as the Sons and Daughters of God {the church} draw near to Him, they watch and marvel at the story. They look on and see that He brought her in, so that she might know him and the gates to his presence were opened with the sacrifice of Heaven’s King. He then gives her this story to tell, he whispers to her; now what you have seen, what you know, go and tell, I will be ever with you, and the court of heaven watches as she displays all that has been given to her in Jesus.

Love, Grace and Strength for your day

Rachel x

Leadership

“He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep pens he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” Psalm 78:70-22 NIV

When the Genesis of leadership is found in the outpouring love of God and the imagery of the shepherd, it is magnificent. Truly, there is no greater rush of adrenaline than being involved in any degree of following or leading when Great leadership occurs.

It sends your heart racing, your mind spinning, every part of your soul feels as if it is on fire when in the presence of excellent leadership.

It isn’t a matter of personal greatness that makes leadership so magnificent, but the art of losing yourself for the advancement of the people, or a cause that has the ability to turn your world upside down and create something that can only be dreamed up in the most hopeful of places.

This kind of leadership will chart a course from the humblest of beginnings through sometimes seemingly impossible conditions, holding tightly to a belief that there is something worth fighting for, something worth giving yourself to in order that a divinely implanted picture or vision of hope would come into glorious fruition.

These leaders will dream when all seems lost, fight when it seems impossible and believe when you wouldn’t dare. Leadership like this will create a sense in a person or team that says you are worth dreaming with, fighting for, and believing in. Leadership like this can mobilize people and even nations, creating movements that change the world.

Love, grace and hope for your day

Rachel x