Dear Christian: You Were Made For Greater Things

Dear Christian: You Were Made For Greater Things June 27, 2019

Dear Christian,

You were made for better things than taking notes in your Bible.

You have more to give than tithes and offerings.

There is more of the Body and the Blood of Christ to receive than fits into a small cup or a tiny wafer.

You have been filled with the life-giving Spirit of God. The breath of the Creator fills your lungs.

You have been given a spiritual gift that is meant to build up the entire Body of Christ.

We need you. You matter.

Your participation in the growth of the Ekklesia is essential.

You were created by the God who is love to be loved and to be a conduit of this love; to be transformed in the process of giving and receiving this love that surpasses knowledge.

Rise up, my brother. Take your place in God’s grand design.

Speak up, my sister. Your voice has been silent way too long.

Take heart, take courage and take the hand of those who stand beside you, ready to lift you up, hold you close and cheer you on.

Here there is no distinction of race, orientation, status or ideology.

Here we are all one in Christ.

Look up. There is a world to be changed. There are lives to be touched.

Remember: We are the Incarnation of Christ. We are filled with the fullness of the One who fills everything in every way. There are still wounds to be healed. There are still broken people to be comforted as we have been comforted.

Yes, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is even now thriving within you, pulsing with the power of resurrection life.

Believe it. Live it. Step into it.

Because, you were made for so much more than sitting in a pew.

You were created to advance the irresistible Kingdom of God.

You were made for so much more than raising money for the building fund.

You have been given the power of the Gospel of Christ.

You were made for so much more than passing out bulletins.

Your destiny is to change the world from the inside out.

So, stand up. Close the hymnal. Leave the pew. Take the presence of Christ out into the daylight.

Be the Church.

Shine.

**

Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. Today, He and his wife live in Meridian, Idaho, awaiting their next adventure.


His newest book, “Jesus Unveiled: Forsaking Church As We Know It For Ekklesia As God Intended” released on June 9, 2019 on Amazon, and features a Foreword by author Richard Jacobson.

His book “Jesus Unbound: Liberating the Word of God from the Bible”, is available now on Amazon and features a Foreword by author Brian Zahnd.

He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb” with a Foreword by Greg Boyd.

His Podcast: Heretic Happy Hour Podcast is on iTunes and Podbean. 

Can’t get enough? Get great bonus content: Patreon page.

Upcoming events:

*Hot Springs, NC – July 11-14 “Wild Goose Festival”

*Woodstock, GA – July 27-28 “Unleashing the Word of God” [With Richard Murray] – FREE!

 

 

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  • bill wald

    On the other hand, I was created with an introverted personality. I faked “liking” non-relatives until I turned 70. Now I have earned the right to act out my personality as an old reclusive semi-hermit. I enjoy talking to strangers but don’t want any new (personal) friends. Communicating online suits me very well.

    Anyway, as an “un-repenitent” believer in Calvin’s “Institutes,” I don’t believe that God is going to send anyone to Hell for refusing pester them with my conversion experience
    unless they ask . . . or even then.

  • Summers-lad

    Keith says “you have been given a spiritual gift”. I don’t know what your gift(s) is/are, but I believe that is true. Your gifts are probably not the same as mine, or Keith’s, or the person sitting beside you in church.
    I get a sense from your comment (please correct me if I’m wrong) that you are equating “to advance the irresistible kingdom of God” with making converts. For many of us with an evangelical church background or present church involvement, that is a natural way to understand it. But I believe it is much wider. It could be to spread love, joy, peace. It could be to help defuse conflicts. It could be to forgive. It could be to encourage others by saying honestly in a blog comment that you faked “liking” non-relatives until you turned 70. (Jesus kind of likes truth, after all.) It could be to give help and support to people who are ill or in distress. It could be to receive that kind of help. It could be to drop just one relevant piece of your conversion experience, or current walk of faith, into a conversation where it feels natural to do so. It could be to pray in a small group, or as a hermit. It could be ….. fill in the blank yourself!!
    One problem I see with the church is that leaders/ministers quite often tend to be evangelists (a valid spiritual gift), and so tend to give the impression, either overtly or by implication, that evangelism is the most important spiritual activity, and the rest of us can be made to feel inferior. Other equally important gifts are downplayed or even discouraged. The truth is that we can all share our faith but most of us are not gifted to be evangelists.

  • Iain Lovejoy

    I think Keith is talking about experiencing and displaying the love of God, rather than evangelising. To show a kindness to a stranger without any mention of religion is more of God’s kingdom work than handing out half a million pamphlets, and has nothing to do with converting anybody. If you doing you brings you closer to living in the joyful love of God, good luck to you. It’s the very ones passing out bulletins and hunting out “bums on seats” for church services as if that were the point which Keith is more having a go at, I suspect.

  • Matthew

    Ours is not to build and change the world directly (I emphasize directly), but rather to show the love of Jesus Christ and proclaim him as the crucified and risen king and Lord that he is and then let Jesus through the Holy Spirit (and then thru us) do the building, changing, etc. Without this combination, I fear Christians are no different than those who are changing the world without any notion of God while the church becomes a place of corporate strategy and marketing plans.

    I think Keith would most likely agree with this notion, but I still felt like it needed to be said. Peace.

    [Edited]

  • KontraDiction

    What’s wrong with being someone who is changing the world without any notion of God? As long as you’re making it a better place for everyone, I don’t see how it matters what your beliefs are. I’d rather work with a loving, passionate atheist than a Christian who’s so busy proclaiming his one and only truth that he never actually gets around to the whole “loving thy neighbor” part.

  • Matthew

    Nothing wrong with it at all. You are correct KontraDiction. I agree 100%. Loving thy neighbor is often (very often) missed :-(.

    I´m only saying that as Christians our proclamation and confession about Jesus Christ must go hand in hand with our deeds. That´s what makes us Christian and not atheist or something else.

    [Edited]

  • KontraDiction

    True. Just wish there was a better way to link the words to the actions, you know? So many Christians don’t follow a single one of Christ’s instructions.

  • Matthew

    The reformed, conservative evangelical Christian world (a place where I lived for some years) by and large sees belief and doctrine as paramount. They don´t outwardly or openly say “living the stuff is optional”, but in my view as someone who was in those circles for a season this kind of thinking is the natural outworking of such a theological paradigm.

    Getting saved, avoiding hell, believing the right things, arguing apologetically for the faith and the inerrancy (perfection) of the Bible, etc.seemed to always take precedence over what some call the red letters of Jesus´ words and instructions found in most New Testament translations.

    For me, I have come to think that if most Christians lived and loved like Jesus Christ, many people just might want to join us in our confession and proclamation. I can only say, KontraDiction, that as an insider I believe that what many outsiders say about us is, sadly, true. Forgive us, for often we know not what we say or do.

    Peace to you.

  • Those who think they are changing the world are living a delusion. They spend most of their time lying to themselves. Changing the world requires changing human nature and only God can do that.

  • Brianna LaPoint

    heh people say what they want about christians being compassionate and tolerant. But seriously people if your actions dont match your words Im calling you out not as a false christian (TM) but as a typical one. i probably wont be the only one doing this. there is a long queue of people