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Martian Chronicles – Who Are You?

09 Jun

Mars OneThe last post opened the question of leadership of this project, to establish the First Church of Mars.

As comments and discussion has ensued along this series of posts, I’ve found myself often stilled and humbled at the quality of commentators. All different traditions and denominations… heck, even different continents… and yet, so much the same. So willing to listen more than speak. To ponder more than pontificate. To seek rather than dictate.

It ought not surprise you to hear that I am seldom stunned into silence by an overwhelming wave of humility, but that’s what happened to me towards the close of last week. As I reviewed these discussions, these comments, related comments on other posts on other blogs in this little “network” that seems to have developed… I was stunned with…

An overwhelming sense of the privilege of being counted among such a company.

Don, Paul, VW, ChapLynne, Messenger, Paula, Cate, Levi… so many others… I was gobsmacked by an incredible sense of privilege. The weird thing was, there are times I’ve been overtaken by a sense of “unworthiness” to minister… I’m accustomed to that kind of humility from time to time. But this was quite different. This was to look around the table in great joy, and a sense of amazement at belonging to such a company.

But as my gaze widened beyond just THIS table, there was this tremendous sense of the joy of belonging, the sense of family, among LOTS and LOTS of brethren. A sense of oneness with everyone who simply loves God, and loves in the name of God. Didn’t matter whether “professional” minister or not… not a whit. Didn’t matter what the nature of the gift, or the calling, the vocation, the denomination, none of that. Just the oneness of the love, and the service in and of love.

It’s as if my gaze expanded to include all of Kingdom, all of humanity, all of everyone who God loves and particularly who loves back. Faces upon faces upon faces, all glowing.

And I didn’t know what I was seeing. It was wondrous, breathtaking, startling, and altogether fabulous… but what was it?

And ever so quietly, it seemed Jesus answered so simply, saying… “Saints, Little Monk. You are seeing ‘saints’. These are the people Paul so often addressed in his letters. These are the people of My true church, My true body and bride. These are My children, they populate My kingdom and love in My name.

“Enjoy the moment, Little Monk, you sit at a table populated by saints, and the feeling you sense is simply what *I* mean by… communion.”

Thought you’d like to know. I’m still gobsmacked to sit here.

*As I pour and pass the coffee and tea, and slice some more pie to go around.*

 

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10 responses to “Martian Chronicles – Who Are You?

  1. paulfg

    June 9, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    LM – you put into words what I so often feel, what explodes my brain, what gets the donuts and smoke going.

    BTW – love the pie – good thinking getting Cate involved!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Little Monk

      June 9, 2014 at 4:15 AM

      Wish I could take credit for the recruiting, but I think Da just spoils us. *shhh, that’s secret!*

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      • paulfg

        June 9, 2014 at 4:27 AM

        ๐Ÿ™‚ Won’t tell anyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Don Merritt

    June 9, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    I share your sense of awe and amazement at this “table” it is truly wonderful what can happen when we come together in Christ, especially when we are hundreds, or thousands of mile apart! To me at least, that seems to underline “one-ness” that isn’t as obvious in person.

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    • paulfg

      June 9, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      I have said this a few times locally – that absence of social niceties and protocol and all that stuff. I was disagreed with enthusiastically on each occasion (and had to let others have their say, note their body language, listen to their tone of voice, sense their timing – all that stuff) ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Levi Thetford

    June 9, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    LM, as the above comments this whole blogging experience is incredible. The closeness an bond among such a diverse group I have actually never experienced. This should be required participation for all believers today. It may stop a lot of the differences which are but pettiness anyway. Thanks for your blog and I appreciate you. Btw, I have your recommended book in hard, Falling Upward. I just finished the Introduction, which is meaty in itself. I am definitely in the 2nd half. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    • Little Monk

      June 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      Very glad you’re enjoying it. I find Fr. Richard and I agree on so many things, but he expresses them far more clearly than I.

      I am currently pondering a quiet, fundamental, but rather mind-shattering realization… that Christ has “perfected” (trans: “completed”) each of us as “finished work”. That we have nothing more to “strive” or “work” towards… except to “real-ize” and make present to us in our experience, the Him who dwells within. I, for one, have spent years of effort “working towards” what we so often call “sanctification”, thus wasting tremendous time and effort. Jesus tried to warn us about this with the “treasure in the field” or “pearl of great price”, but we’re so bound up in our own self-sufficiency and work ethic (or at least *I* am), that we look the wrong direction. I look to myself, rather than looking to Him.

      So, if not that… if not “working towards our crown”, what ARE we supposed to do? Stop, stand still, listen, relax, embrace ourselves, our lives, Him, others… and let Him transform and reveal Himself to us. And how are we supposed to do that? Love. Love Him first. Love ourselves (as we are, not as we think we are, or think we should be, or lie to ourselves that we ought to be). Love others totally and unconditionally as He does and did. That gives us more than enough to do, to focus on, to “work” at… if work we need.

      Too simple? Maybe. But wherever we are, whatever we do, whomever we meet… if our focus is simply to love as He loves (including enjoying the moment), I think that both fulfills our mandates from Him, and clears the way for Him to reveal Himself the more fully both to and through us.

      Anyway, just stuff I’m pondering these days…

      Grace — Little Monk ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Levi Thetford

        June 9, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        Thanks for sharing this. Honestly, for 25 years of my life I was working at sanctification myself as well. It gets very tiring and frustrating because it doesn’t work. I agree that we are already as perfect now as we will ever be in His sight because it is only through Christ that we have any righteousness at all.

        These days every day to me is a smorgasbord of opportunities to shine forth ( hopefully) the love of Christ, and to truly help others with many needs of various sorts. I’m enjoying doing because it isn’t work, or to do good works,but done out of love and care.

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  4. Paula Moldenhauer

    June 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    My Internet has been down, and I missed this amazing post!! Yes. Saints. And I’ve felt that awe, that humble, but bursting joy!!

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  5. Little Monk

    June 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Welcome back, Paula!

    I can SO relate to the “internet down” situation. Glad you’re here, and thanks for returning after my own “involuntary hiatus” the other week. Yes, enjoy the joy… it truly amazes me to look about us and realize, we ARE saints… that’s not a statement of arrogance or hubris, but a statement of utmost humility and amazement at so incredible a God.

    Grace to you…

    Little Monk

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