Started to get revelation about every Christ believer being a dot… a single point. This made me think about relationships in spaces and on maps. Possibly, how God does flow and connect to what is happening in the lives of people and between cities/regions/groups.
A simple page with blue dots.
Started to see how believers distanced themselves through things seen as differences, but they were brought close through Jesus, His blood and forgiveness.
Then, it became clear how “the blood reality of Jesus” moves through to people who don’t realize Him yet. The blood is move through the flavors spiritual fruit. There is ONLY ONE “Fruit of the Spirit,” but it has many flavors: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Love holds everything together and draws everything together. The concept of separation keeps things apart, like the knowledge of good and evil.
Lives are transformed by people that can love unconditionally.
A page with blue dots, but they have “red lines” that work as connections to other dots. The lines and dots build networks. In the drawing, “distant believers” are connected at a distance by: pain/slight healing, lack of trust/slight trust, appearances, tastes, professional interests, stage of growth, age, and theology. At the core is Jesus Christ. The “believers brought close” have close connections through forgiveness. These connections are also shown as love, which holds everything together (1 Corinthians 13 – Faith, Hope, Love). The connections can also be from Fruits of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control. These connection multiply and to connect others, transforming lives.
Christ is the center of all, but we have groups/tribes of Christ-knowing and Love-aware relationships.
Buckets of grouped dots, gathered in: Home, Work, Friends, Facebook, Church. Jesus Christ is at the center of it all.
Through action/motion, time, strengthening, missional work… these structures of love can become more alive/aware and fluid.
Ways that the connections might be organized: Form & Sequence, Pattern, Structure, Distance. Then, connected into: Motion, Time, Strengthen, Missional, and Propel.
Relationships and connections are built through love. The blood of Christ, which covers all, is the the light of life. We connect in Christ, as transferred through fiber optic data, via our interests… geographic location… people we know and love… jobs… music… etc.
Sometimes the greatest thing we can do to strengthen the bond of a group is to acknowledge someone else and say hello.
Each community will express love differently. How could you possibly expect inner-city, rough and tumble, expressions to match suburban expressions? Love knows no boundaries.
Ultimately, anyone who has become aware of Christ’s life in them is responsible for letting their love extend over other believers. Certainly, we have been called to love the world, but we can’t retain special frustrations against other believers for some kind of perceived difference.
Your love for one another will prove to the world you are My disciples.John 13:35 NLT