In Organic Church, discovering the source of Divine Transactions is very Life-giving.
This past weekend my wife and I embarked on a journey that lasted most of the weekend. We cleaned out our garage. We only took breaks for water, food, and rest. You see, we just got married…well, two years ago. Ok, two years and 3 months ago…
What had happened was…I moved into her house and brought all of my bachelor goods, or single swag. Which didn’t fit into a marriage space.
So we put it all in the garage, not to be seen again. Well, we saw it. It was mostly in the way…to our freezer, or our recycling bins, or our charcoal grill, or Julie’s bike. But mostly, all of my single swag was just in the way. The functionality of our garage was squelched due to my past being in the way.
We always knew it. We just looked at the garage and didn’t see how it was possible to change the way we lived. But then it happened. We saw freedom. We saw opportunity. We saw a new life without all of this past stuff. We desired to be able to have a new space, a new garage…not stuff we tripped over.
The Exodus began. We emptied the garage, took stuff to the dump, put up shelving to organize what we were going to be keeping, we even put up a bike rack for Julie to give her bike a space in our new space.
You wouldn’t believe the newness that came from this weekend…unless you saw it! You wouldn’t believe the process of purging and restructuring our space…unless you experienced it!
The transaction with our home that happened during this past weekend was very Life-giving. We let go of a lot of “stuff” that didn’t matter in light of the direction our family is headed. We provided a restructuring of our space that allowed for a home to items going to be moving forward with us and our family.
The opportunity cost of the weekend, was tremendous. Now, we don’t have to trip over the past when we want to live in today. We are now able to freely function in our garage, and perhaps even park our car. Wow! I would not have guessed that would have ever happened two years ago. And anyone who comes over will be able to benefit from this new space. We will be able to use this space to usher in divine transactions in ways never before possible!
May we be encouraged with this passage from Revelation, in light of Divine Transactions:
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. (Revelation 21: 5-7 NASB)
First off, “He who sits” is present tense. That’s encouraging, isn’t it? But a crazy word that keeps popping up in my life and in scripture is the word “Behold.” Let’s assume this word means to stop a minute, or an hour, or a day, and just be in the moment and hold the moment. Just behold. Just stay there for a time.
Now that He has our attention He says, “I am making all things new.” That is not me saying that. That is God saying, “I am making all things new.” If He is making all things new, what are we doing?
Beholding. And as we behold Him, His story comes to Life, His beginning and ending, because He is the Alpha and Omega. He will give water to the thirsty and to the one who overcomes the old, we will be in His Family!
The Divine Transaction doesn’t come from my work, or my doing. The Divine Transaction is manifested as we behold Christ and He expresses Himself through His Family. We can’t do anything for that revelation. It is given.
As we trip over our past while we are trying to live in today, all we need to do is behold Christ. He is immaculate! He is pure! He is clean! He is spacious! As we see Christ, He reveals the paths we are to take to be able to express Him in the ways He is looking to express Himself.
Sometimes that means cleaning out your garage.