Sometime last year, during a quite time, the Holy Spirit dropped a phrase in my consciousness and, as I focussed on it, a stream of thought flowed. Today, He added another thought. I am going to write them here as they came to my mind.
“My Heart … . Did you think of my heart when you did all this, my son? My Heart … . My Heart is for my Church but is my heart in the things you have built? Can my Church survive without my Heart – despite its great foundations, great institution, great traditions, great administrative systems, great teaching, great ministries, great building, great wealth and great at looking good? In the days ahead, can my Church stand without my strong Heart in her?
“I weep for my Church because she does not know the strength of my Heart. My Heart yearns for my Church to know my Heart and move to my heartbeat. I long for my Church to resonate with my heartbeat for that would make her strong and immovable and deeply rooted in Christ and powerfully alive in loving relationships which bless me, those in my Church and others in the world who see my Church as true to me.
“Put my Heart back into my Church. That is what I called you for.
“My Heart compels to act in love. Did I not send my Son who abandoned my high places to mingle with you ordinary men and women to show you the way to me? Did the Lord Jesus Christ cling to His position when He reached out to the sheep I gave Him? Why won’t you do the same?
“You want to impress, but I am God. I have no need to impress! I want to express! I want the Body of Christ to be the expression of my love for her and the world. I want those I have chosen to serve me to express my great love so that my church grows like a fig tree, from a seed to a huge tree attracting the birds of the air — all types, even the difficult ones. My heart can embrace even the worst. But, have you embraced them?
“I died on the cross for them — even the worst. I shed blood for them. But, you can’t even take a few slaps on your cheeks on my behalf and show the other cheek in the strength and confidence of my redeeming love. Instead you put up defences and keep a distance from my sheep. Do you know my sheep to know what they are going through? To stand with them through their problems and guide them to me? How, then, can I express my love to them?
“Express my Heart and reach out to the sheep I send you. Let them see my Heart and find their rest in it.”
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” — Ephesians 3: 14-19
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