Visions & Dreams

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“…your young men (and women) will see visions, and your old men (and women ) will have dreams…” (Acts 2:17) What is your dream or vision of what Jesus might do in the world?

I felt Jesus tugging on my heart with his vision for the Body of Christ when I read a story of when C.S. Lewis went to a worship service. “I disliked very much the hymns, which I considered to be fifth-rate poems set to sixth-rate music. But as I went on I saw the great merit of it… I realized that the hymns, which were just sixth-rate music , were nevertheless being sung with devotion and benefit by an old saint in elastic side boots in the opposite pew from where I sat, and then you realize that you aren’t fit to clean his boots. It gets you out of solitary conceit.” (From Philip Yancy “Church: Why Bother?”, 1998.)

A seminary professor told a class I was in, that one of the weaker reasons to pick a church is what does it have to offer you. WE SIMPLY ARE NOT CREATED TO BE CONSUMERS OF GOD—WE ARE SERVANTS OF GOD. Church at its best is a place that challenges our conceits and our prejudices and our values. I fear too often we seek a community of faith that expresses a God who is quite the contrary, in our brokenness we search for the community of faith that will affirm our conceits and allow us to live a life of comfort, versus takingthe course of service and transformation behind Jesus, on the road less traveled.

In Acts 2:1-13, the Holy Spirit came in a rushing wind and allowed people from all over the planet earth to come together as one people under God. There was a tapestry that day that gave us a foretaste of the Kingdom of God.

I know that only a few of Jesus’ faithful followers will even attempt to grapple with this theological truth, and only a small portion of those will perhaps make any breakthroughs worth noting. Yet for those who press through and persevere they will live in the dreams and vision of God as the “…Holy Spirit is to be poured out upon them…” (Acts 2:18)

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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