Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Koinonia - My Mission Possible

God has given each and every one of us a mission. Every man, woman, and child has a purpose here. Remember the catch phrase in the old Mission Impossible program? Your mission, should you choose to accept it..... That is the key 'should you choose to accept it'! God, in giving us all free will, gave us the option of choosing not to accept.

My mission is Koinonia. God wants my family to build a koinonia community. Remember back in Acts when such a community was formed? There was fellowship. There was communion. There was unity. There was prosperity. There were miracles. The Lord added daily to the number of people being saved. Does that mean that people didn't have worries or concerns? No! They were people. But think about how much easier it is to remain strong when you stand united with others. When you bear one anther's burdens and victories, and hold each other accountable.

We do not mean to isolate ourselves from others. We just mean to strengthen ourselves. We are commanded to be salt of the earth and a light to the world. But a spotlight lights a greater distance than a candle alone. Matthew 5:13-16.

So what does all of this mean? What are we really planning here? God wants us to build a community where we can live in close proximity to one another. He wants us to live using the Holy Bible as a model for living. He wants us to be servants for our fellowship of believers, and those who have not yet come to know Christ. He wants us to be servants for Christ. He wants us to be a powerful witness of what Christian people can accomplish when they put God's will before their own. He wants us to brighten the light of Jesus Christ within us, to shine collectively, so our light shines more clearly in the darkness. He wants us to create a gathering place, where people can assemble, learn about Jesus Christ, and teach others about Jesus Christ. He wants us to create a place where people will have the opportunity to witness the miracles he is performing in our lives.

He wants us to be parts of a body. We want to be able to work together to make the body function effectively.

Koinonia implies sharing. We want to be able to share our resources. By doing so, we should be able to live more abundantly, and give more, as we manage God's resources more efficiently. Think of how much more we can accomplish is every household doesn't require its own truck, lawnmower, or shop full of tools. We don't mean to pool everyone's income as some cults are known to do. People should have their own homes and own possesions.

Here is an example of what we envision. We can build a community work shop. We can pool our tools together - auto tools, woodworking tools, etc. What would this result in? First off, everyone would spend less on building their home, because they would only need a carport for vehicle shelter, and not a garage to lock up their tools and equipment. Secondly, your family would have more equipment at their disposal, without having to spend a ton of money. Thirdly, you may have someone in the community more skilled than you to do the repair/building that you need. Or you may be that skilled person, and be blessed by being able to help your neighbor. And finally, the community workshop would become a place for people to work together, fellowship, hold each other accountable, and even discuss the Word of God.

Sounds great to me! I will be sharing quite a bit more about Koinonia. It will become a reality.

So, what is your Mission - Possible? Nothing is impossible with Christ.

1 comment:

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

sounding better and better, everyday....

Keep me posted. We might end up neighbors in this awesome community! :)