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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Rhythms of Grace

On Friday evening I was getting ready to write a new blog post, when I felt a tug from the Holy Spirit to stop. I was going to continue with some thoughts on dancing as a picture of leadership and church community; but I felt the Spirit say to me that it is possible to do so much thinking, discussing, reading, strategising, (and blogging!) about such things so that it becomes just another method. And that however we 'do church' or are church in this  new season, God wants for it to come from real and authentic relationship with him, and spiritual revelation from him. 'Unless the Lord builds the house, we will all labour in vain.' The new things that God wants to do in this season must come not just from new concepts or models, but from a deepening relationship with him. It's understanding that this dance does not start with us mapping out the steps but with letting the music of the Spirit penetrate into our souls. The dance flows from the music getting into you. This involves resting in Christ, and then walking in the Spirit in everyday life. He says to us:

'Come to me. Get away with me and...I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.'  (Matthew 11, The Message)

So this might mean more or less blogging. I don't know. He's setting the tempo. And I'm dancing to his tune.