Department 94March 23, 2009
Before starting, I must link to Richards most recent posting. It discusses how we either operate in Gods kingdom or the worlds kingdom and how it is impossible to do both. It was the first post that I came across after getting the computer put back together and it couldn’t be more timely. I plan on taking some copies of this to work for the other saints. Here’s the link:
THE TWO DIFFERENT REALMS Please read Richards post; it’s definately one for the “urgent” catagory.
Two things have always intrigued me over recent years. One is the structure of the early church. It’s a time that we tend to view from a romantic mindset as we envision bodies of saints springing up throughout the nations, gathered with one accord, walking in the Spirit, and loving not this present world. Although we know that many problems existed in the early churches, many of us (or perhaps just me; I really cant speak for any other) imagine many of these early saints as having a closeness to the Lord that’s often missing in many of todays churches. The other thing that intrigues me is the end times church. A church that; after the shaking thats’s soon to come upon all the world, will bear little resemblence to the fleshy “supposing-that-gain-is-godliness” assemblies that presently dot the landscape.
For years a concept has been on my mind. I cannot call it a vision, (although I did see it once in a dream) but rather a granted understanding concerning the church of the end times. It won’t be a bureaucracy-laden institution that’s dominated by traditions of men and the rudiments of this world. Rather, it will be gatherings of saints who came together, not by any kind of organized plan, but rather through a vast array of seemingly unrelated circumstances. Most of these saints will have not known each other in previous circles as these gatherings have been deliberately ordered by the Lord. Now together, they exhort each other, pray, search the scriptures, and seek only to serve the Lord Jesus. They have abandoned all allegiances to the worlds system and, with one accord, have their hearts firmly on things above.
The following passages are well known, but needful before going on.
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
I Peter 4:7-8 “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”
I John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
In recent weeks, I’ve seen a gathering of saints develop in a place where most wouldn’t expect it; that being the AAM plant in Three Rivers. Since the end of January, I’ve been in depatrment 94 which is the final assembly line for the 10.5 and 11.5 axles. Prior to this, I had only been in this department for about a month back in the summer of 2005. As a result, I never came to know anyone in this department very well. Furthermore, its location at the north end of the plant meant that I rarely passed through the area. The same is true for a number of others who have been assigned to this department. This reassigning has resulted in the second shift of department 94 having an over-abundance of saints; including CR who, in the past sixteen months since being born of the Spirit, has become the most evangelistic-minded person that I’ve encountered in years.
The backgrounds of the saints are diverse and only two of us attend the same church, (Regina and Leon) but it has become a place of much encouragement and godly conversation. Every saint brings something unique to the table that’s needful to all of the others. The gospel is going forth and the Lord is working on the hearts of many who are in the vicinity. Lately I’ve noticed quite a few people coming to the realization that the physical realm is unravelling and this is opening up doors to share the gospel. Some who once scoffed at such things are starting to….at least give an ear. Last week, as I was thinking on what is coming together in this department, I was reminded of the end times church; how saints will be gathered, not by any organized plan, but by the will of God. In this respect, the fellowship in department 94 is somewhat of a prototype for a tribulation-era church. While we are by no means under tribulation conditions yet, I’m fully convinced that each of us are being prepared for the trying times ahead.
How to adequately explain it escapes me, but when we encounter saints whose hearts are completely set upon the Lord Jesus and the age to come, it’s awesome. There’s a spiritual connection on a level that simply cannot be made with, or amongst, those who prefer a more compromising path. This connecting is currently underway amongst the saints in department 94 and just being around them enhances the desire to let go of every weight and hinderance that would cause separation from Christ. The only other time that I’ve seen such a thing was on board the USS Guam during my navy days. I feel closer to the saints at work than those in my own church. While the fellowship is incredible and only the Lord knows where this is all leading, I do believe that it’s a short season. The spiritual growth that’s currently ongoing will be needed in the times ahead when we each find ourselves in other venues, or in various holding facilities. (Some of us are appointed to be brought before governors and kings for our testimony of Jesus)
Well it’s about time to close this up. Something else has transpired that intrigues me. I always strive to maintain a good testimony and be a proper ambassador for the Lord Jesus. The thought of causing scattering is a frightening one. With all of the saints in the department, one would think this to be easier, however, I somehow find myself being even more careful. Striving to not do anything that would cause a rift (this doesn’t include compromise for the sake of unity) or cause a younger one to stumble. When we see the Lord “doing a thing suddenly” (II Chronicles 29:36) we tend to be even more careful as to not do anything that would be contrary to the truth. So important it is for us to continually walk in the Spirit and make no provision for the flesh. Thanks to all who stopped by during my unexpected blogger break. I’ll get around to all when I can. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.
Acts 2:44-47 “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.