My wife and I have three kids and each time my wife gave birth, it hurt me a lot. Seriously. Ok, maybe not as much as it hurt her. But watching her hurt, I wanted to help somehow. I tried on child #1: “Dear, the needle on the meter says you’re about to have another contraction!” Her response: “I know I’m about to have another contraction! I can feel it!!!” For child #2 and child #3, I simply sat and prayed. Occasionally offered her ice chips. Rarely touched her unless she wanted it. Never uttered useless, pedantic wafflings of words intended to allay pain. Mainly just sat and prayed. I, after all, am a smart man.
Unlike many of the women I knew at the time, my wife opted for “epidural-less” deliveries. Hers was the full-throttle pain variety, desiring to suffer all for the sake of our kids so they could enter the world drug-free. Personally, had I been her we would have gone for the epidural. “Stick me, please.” Instead, ours were vocal deliveries. Just ask the others on our floor.
In Galatians 4:19 the Apostle Paul writes: “Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.” Moms get Paul’s words. Delivery is about a baby, yes, but with it is born a world of dreams. Future dreams begin with cries of suffering – from both mom and child. And sometimes dad.
Future dreams begin with cries of suffering. #sacramental #childbirth @five2 Click To Tweet
Paul’s words reflect a reality known as “the Jesus in you.” His ultimate dream for the Church in Galatia was that it mature into a group of people in whom Jesus lived, moved and had His way. In whom Jesus was present not only in spiritual ways, but also in real, everyday ways. In ways where beliefs formed behaviors.
Each of us baptized followers of Jesus possesses this same “Jesus in you” reality. Your baptism gave you everything Jesus had to give. But in His sacramental way of doing faith, Jesus wrapped His presence in your flesh, with your blonde hair, bronze skin, and quirky love for cars. How He fleshes out in your life will look differently than the flesh on me.
In His #sacramental way of doing faith, Jesus wrapped His presence in your flesh. @five2 Click To Tweet
This is a fascinating reality in the Body of Christ: the Jesus DNA in you has the same heart, the same Spirit as the Jesus DNA in me. But it will express itself in wonderful, uniquely YOU ways.
What are those uniquely-You ways of living out Jesus? What passions has He given you? What abilities, natural instincts, and strengths has He poured into you? What do you bring to the Jesus party?
If you’re a Christian entrepreneur – one of those crazy people who like to start new in order to reach new – the Jesus in you has a unique footprint. You tend to love new people; risk excites you; change is a resource. The sacramental presence of Jesus in you leads you to create new expressions of Church, especially in ways that connect with people outside of Jesus’ kingdom.
Understanding the Jesus that is being developed in me – knowing me like Jesus knows me – that’s the key first step in living out Jesus’ calling for me. At FiveTwo, we believe this happens best in community. Jesus is best experienced in community. When we gather with like-minded followers in a local community, we discover relationships that lead to courage and camaraderie that release us to be His sacrament to the community.
Where is Jesus calling you to be His sacrament? What unique expression of His presence does He want to reveal to your community, through you?
When others like you join in community, learning from each other, helping each other to discover the Jesus in you, we’ll see a multiplication of Christian entrepreneurs and sacramental communities that will change the culture of denominations and nations, providing renewal and reformation for the global Church.
“Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.”
We at FiveTwo are laboring over you. We invite you to join us in that labor.