Truth be known, this blog has been over thirty years in the making. Not that there were blogs way back then, but the truths that will be shared in these pages have been working in my heart for all of that time. It seems that God has had me in His school of the Spirit for over three decades with a continued focus upon the centrality, supremacy, significance, and all-sufficiency of the Lord Jesus Christ in all things.
I can vividly remember the day when I poured out my heart to the Lord with deep questions about the focus of the Church and the culmination of His end-time purpose. The Father spoke to my heart as clearly as if He had spoken audibly. He silently thundered one simple phrase concerning His Son: “…that in all things HE might have the preeminence.” (Col. 1:18) That word resonated with such prophetic power in my spirit that it marked a watershed in my life. I vowed at that moment that the rest of my life, by the grace of God, would be marked with having the same heart that I saw in the Father concerning the centrality and supremacy of His Son in all things. I pleaded with God to so burn that passion into my heart that nothing could surpass it and nothing could supplant it, ever. I saw that this was the highest thing I could commit myself to and desired to be a man after God’s own heart in this regard for the rest of my days. Now, some thirty years later, I am ever so grateful that the Father has been faithful to keep that which I committed to Him on that day.
Over these many years the Lord has continued to reveal and build His truth into my heart concerning the reality and ramifications of the centrality of Christ in all things, especially as it relates to the corporate life and expression of the Church. That revelation has come with a price, and my wife and I have been tested and proven repeatedly concerning it. Being faithful to the revelation has caused us to move out of the traditional path of institutional Christianity and seek an organic expression of the ekklesia fully centered in, around, upon and according to Christ alone, without man-made supports, even as it was at the beginning. Much of our journey has been through the wilderness, but God has sustained us and strengthened us through it all. When one sees “a city whose builder and maker is God”, he becomes ruined for anything less. Such a vision will make one content to live in “tents”, if need be, until he possesses it, even as Abraham and Sarah. Those who would seek to follow in the faith of Abraham must be prepared to follow in the footsteps of Abraham as well, no matter where it leads.
The Church is in a time of a major transition. There is much searching, questioning, reevaluating, reenvisioning, reinventing and restructuring going on. There seems to be a widespread dissatisfaction, unsettledness, and yearning for something which more fully answers to the longing within our hearts for a deeper communion and community in Christ. I believe with all of my heart that there is one single answer to that longing both individually and corporately and it is found in that most profound phrase “…that in all things He might have the preeminence.” (Col. 1:18) All that is lacking, all that is askew, all that is dis-unified, all that is corrupted in the Church and in our lives originates from a missing of the mark in this one thing. If we fully return to the Lord Jesus Christ and give Him his rightful place in all things, all will be remedied. I believe it is really and truly that simple.
I have dedicated this blog to the exploration of this simple truth with all of its profound ramifications, believing it is the most significant pursuit that you and I can follow after.
I look forward to the journey together!