As God’s community on earth, the church – with all of its faults, warts and wrinkles – is nevertheless God’s way ‘to demonstrate His wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places’ (Ephesians 3:10). Building the church forms the core of Interserve’s deepening commitment to ‘see His kingdom come and His will done, here on earth as it is in heaven’, and so we work alongside, within, and through it.
Engaging in such outreach, we dare not neglect to intentionally focus on deepening our own personal and corporate spiritual walk, and on becoming emotionally whole. It seems improbable but so many of us who profess allegiance to Christ, and even serve in His name, do not spend time with Him, nor allow Him to go to those painful and broken places which cripple and blunt us. Christians can be some of the least emotionally healthy people around, yet God’s call is to restore, to heal, to renew. Taking His healing to the nations, going as healers of individuals and communities requires us to experience this as well, accessing His throne of grace.
And for that we need to regularly draw aside, into silence, reflection, contemplation. We live in a noisy and unrelenting world, more so than for any previous generation. Many of us are out of control, driven by forces outside of us, no longer aware of our emotions, ourselves, and our choices. Sabbath rest and rhythms of life are crucial elements of spiritual discipline we need to relearn if we want to know God and make Him known. Many of those who have gone before us can teach us such things, and can inspire us to believe that faithful prophetic minorities can and will turn nations. Soli Deo Gloria!