Today Lori and I went to the fellowship that gathered on this Lord’s Day. It is the beginning of the summer time hours, where reduced time from the normal two hours is the order of the day. I love this fellowship where we are a part of. They operate only in two gears from what I have seen and encountered, “chill” and “super chill”. Nothing seems to rattle or phase them. The congregation has been seasoned and strengthened through trial and adversity and the strength now in this season, that sense of calm, of peace, and much grace and love is evident in how this flock gathers and worships and ministers, serves and plays together.
The “wow factor” which is very much present in the gathering, is in how there is this individual and collective embracing of the moment, and in that embracing there is the “wow factor”, of God’s presence and grace that is so gentle and tranquil that it is soothing to the soul.
As we worshiped the Lord together this morning there was a constant theme of love, grace, being accepted in the Beloved. It did not matter who was involved, that theme reverberated and echoed throughout our time together. But more than this, more than one testified to that being true of the entire morning in preparation for coming together. My wife echoed the same thing as we shared about the morning.
Lori and I made our lunch, and then in the afternoon we watched a movie about a Christian saint, saint Charbel. A beautiful film echoing once more devotion to God, and love and grace, to the point where there was such an anointing on the man, that he wanted so much to do works of service to those in need, and yet in a mystical encounter with Christ, the Lord simply asked Charbel to love him, and that the Lord would take care of all the other matters.
Sometimes we underestimate what it is to be in union with Christ, and how important in our communing with Him, it is to “hear His voice and obey” and to be ready at any time, to do exactly as He asks. It is not that there is no work to do, even as Denise stated in her message this morning, commenting on the scene where Jesus’ feet were anointed in Bethany, spoke of the words of Jesus, that the poor would always be with us, and there would be “work to do”, and that it is not about the work, but about being so united with Christ, that all we are and all we say and do, flows out of a heart of obedience, submission and wanting to please and honor Him.
That is all part of our devotion, part of that mystical union and life we have in oneness with Him. That is my desire. To hear and obey and not strive to do spiritual works just for someone’s agenda, my own, or another person’s wants and desires. As Charbel heard in that mystical encounter with Jesus, “Just love me, and I will take care of the rest.”