“from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
Ephesians 4:16 NKJV
I came to a Kingdom Center carrying a lifetime of curses over me. I’d always been rejected and sometimes abused for things about myself that others seemed to detest.
There were things I was just drawn to. Things I was passion about. Things I was naturally good at. Skills that came easily to me. Yet people would point to those things and tell me that those were my personal failures that needed to be changed. If they were being nice, perhaps they pointed them out as quirks or oddities.
I was punished for the things I loved most.
I walked into a Kingdom Center carrying all that baggage. I didn’t know who I was or why I was born. What purpose did I have if my identity seemed bad to those around me?
I tried to change. Tried to be someone else. Tried to fit in and be normal. But each time I tried to be someone I wasn’t, I felt my soul die just a little bit more.
The world tried to label me and change me to fit what was “normal” but now I see that it was just pulling me away from who God created me to be.
As I started walking as a spiritual daughter, I was given freedom to pursue those things I was passionate about, and when I started trying to be someone I wasn’t, wandering off the path set before me, my spiritual father would reset me to be focused on my passions.
I was given structure to keep me from pursuing false identities, but that set me free to run toward my true identity. I found that when I was “in my lane” doing the things God called me to do, the burden was light and I was filled with joy. When I was trying to drift into someone else’s lane, the burden became heavy.
The unique thing about God’s plan of discipleship, is that we don’t know who we are created to be. God gives our leaders access to the design plans of who He created us to be so that they can lead us there. So that we can shed the heavy weight of false identity, and run after what’s real. That’s where we find the most peace and security.
Yesterday during the FreedomHouse move, I was in awe of the group of people that God assembled. I can’t imagine a more diverse group of people.
We naturally gravitate to similar people because it’s comfortable. Yet God brings together people with unique strengths and talents.
When each person functions in their lane, suddenly quirks become solutions to problems. When people are fit in the spot that they are created for, the whole body becomes healthier for that person’s contribution.
The world will attack and reject the best parts of who God created us to be, but the Kingdom of God will value those things.
I saw people who thrived in handiwork, thrived in logistics, thrived in creativity, thrived in organization, thrived in safety. There were so many moving parts trying to transition to our new building, but people all had their unique strengths that facilitated the ease of the transition.
I’ve moved over a dozen times, and sometimes I’ve felt the entire burden fall on my shoulders. It’s such a heavy weight to carry alone.
Yet when we plug into our spot in God’s design, the place He created for us to operate in Ekklesia, suddenly a building is created that is strong in foundation. The burden of life on each person is lightened. Each joint supplies something valuable to the whole body, and the synergy of all the parts working together creates a beautiful picture of who Jesus is.
Each of us represents a facet of the character of Jesus. The best parts of us reveal part of God’s character. It’s when we lay down the false burdens that He is revealed in us. The essence of God is revealed in who we are when we become who He created us to be.
When Holy Spirit leads us to be in the right place at the right time with the right people, something beautiful happens.
God’s ways are not our ways, but His ways are always better!
“And he has appointed some with grace to be apostles, and some with grace to be prophets, and some with grace to be evangelists, and some with grace to be pastors, and some with grace to be teachers. And their calling is to nurture and prepare all the holy believers to do their own works of ministry, and as they do this they will enlarge and build up the body of Christ. These grace ministries will function until we all attain oneness into the faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one into a perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed into the abundance of Christ.
And then our immaturity will end! And we will not be easily shaken by trouble, nor led astray by novel teachings or by the false doctrines of deceivers who teach clever lies. But instead we will remain strong and always sincere in our love as we express the truth. All our direction and ministries will flow from Christ and lead us deeper into him, the anointed Head of his body, the church.
For his “body” has been formed in his image and is closely joined together and constantly connected as one. And every member has been given divine gifts to contribute to the growth of all; and as these gifts operate effectively throughout the whole body, we are built up and made perfect in love.“
Ephesians 4:11-16 TPT