Tuesday, May 18, 2010

levels and dimension ...

So far, in my "conversation" with Rick McKinley in his book on the kingdom of God, I've come across some really helpful thoughts ...

One of which being his personal frustration with his (and my) default to thinking and living in "levels". You know, getting to the next level in employment, in relationships, in ministry, in life ... and with it comes all this pressure ...

Then, through a great story involving a kid in a car-wash, he introduces the thought of dimension ... check out the following quote:

"The kingdom is a dimension I acknowledge, I live in, I participate in. Yet it's never a level I achieve. It is a lot less like building the business of Christianity and a lot more like slipping into the matrix of Jesus." (p63)

I like it... for a heap of reasons. Two that come to mind ...

1. It aligns brilliantly with Matthew 11:28: "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
2. The dimension of the Kingdom provides motivation for action and discipleship that is far more sustainable than a kingdom made up of levels ... cos when do you ever get there ... really?

There's a lot more that could be written on this ... and it could be that McKinley has already done that in the remainder of his book - I'll let you know :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

what does it take ...?

Cannington Maccas is an unlikely spot for vision to be explored, life-changing possibilities to be pondered, and generational change to be initiated ... but it seems as good a place as any.

I came away from meeting with Dave, Matt and Greg with some clarity to the question we've been throwing around a bit: "What does it take to see a generation truly following Jesus?" ... I like this question for a few reasons ...

... it speaks in the present tense ...
... it implies that action will be the outcome...
... it invites vision ...
... it is specific, yet broad in it's scope (a generation) ...
... it demands authenticity ...
... it's about following someone who is worth following ...

I also like that the answer is found in the people who are asking the question ... not necessarily impressive or extraordinary people ... but people who are recognising the call of God on their lives, and how He wants to raise them up ... as they keep asking the burning question He has placed on their hearts.

I'm looking forward to seeing how Cannington Maccas fits in the impending story ...