Thursday, April 6, 2017
Koinonia true community in spirit
It had taken a process of months for one of the most unusual actions to take place. It involved the bank account. It is so easy to live watching a bank account. Now granted there are times there is necessity to look at balances but what if we were to live without knowing? What if we spend or do not spend according to a spiritual knowing. I guess in a perfect world a bank account would not be necessary but in this modern world it can be a necessary.
So we were standing at the supermarket register with our debit card saying declined. It was only $36 but we had run out of funds. We were attempting to purchase groceries for dinner but it was not about to happen. It did happen later that day but the day was to hold a twisting and turning of events as life was revealed. As a background we had been in contact with at least four people who knew a flow of financial life was knocking but struggled.
It was later that day returning home that a brief God conversation happened. I was asking God why not just make it between me and Him. Life would seem much simpler but there always seemed to be others involved in our ability to live. We always knew when someone was being led to give financial life and refused as there was a period of pain for us. Living so close to the edge you become acutely aware of such. The $36 at the supermarket was a classic example. But I was posing a question to God and the answer showed an amazing heart of God.
The answer came as a movement in my heart and a knowing that God desires koinonia with us. In koinonia when it is entered we are part of the Godhead, part of the “lets make man in OUR image” God was inviting people to surrender their identity on every level and become one with the Godhead. In becoming one with the godhead truly everything we are, everything we do, say, feel, touch, own etc is Gods. If it is Gods then it is also part of the koinonia. If we know koinonia exists then we know every person in koinonia are as God to each another. It gets back to the statement “how we treat our wife or husband is a direct reflection of how we treat God”. But now I was starting to understand it goes beyond that to “how we treat koinonia is a direct reflection of how we treat God”.
Koinonia becomes about its true meaning. Intimacy, intercourse, community, giving, sharing, fellowship etc. I could say, I only pray to God but in reality koinonia becomes my God because it is Godhead. It exists because of the Godhead it is “lets make man in our image” If I talk to God I talk to koinonia and my answer lies in koinonia. We have looked to God to answer our prayers and give us life but He looks and says the answer is in my bride, my body koinonia. So in actuality how we treat koinonia is how we treat God.
This was the why my card declined at the store. People around that had life knock were prisoners to decision, prisoners to the conscious mind that is empowered via religion. It has never been about money it is about identity and control. If any have identity and control they are not spirit they are making religion out of koinonia. True koinonia cannot hold the power of decision.
We have been held ransom by our religion that cheats and stifles true release of life. Religion teaches us to be stewards of what God has given us. What a demonic travesty as in religious stewardship lies identity and masked control and ownership. It is the religion of actions that has so many trapped in needs. They live the needs level. Meaning while they have needs they have ownership. It could be said we had a need at the supermarket. But in reality we did not have a need life “IS” and will be expressed. It was life for us to eat and we did and always have. How beautiful to have others who live that life with us in koinonia.
Take Matt for example. When I returned home and looked at the bank account it was overdrawn -$59.97. This never happens as we don't have overdraft, yet here it was. Matt and I were talking and he said without even thinking. “scott I was just given $60 it is all the money I have it is for this ” Matt did not make the decision he just knew when I cut he bleeds and when he hits himself koinonia or I feel the pain. This is gods heart, God is inviting us all to surrender control and what a beautiful gift to do so. It is in the surrender we pass out of the religion of koinonia and into the complete life of it. If we like the ideas being expressed here and decide we will give, then in reality we have nothing and it is a waste of time. Rather out of our spirit we surrender to the moment.
The beauty of koinonia is nobody desires to build their kingdom. So nobody ever uses anyone to get ahead. It is as the bible says in honor we prefer one another. God has koinonia to be life and bring life and feed life. That life is spiritual not a desire to acquire and any in spirit know the desire for ownership slowly dissipates.
The world is full of religious communes and expressions of spirit made by natural decision. These are an abomination and death they serve the God of this world. Some profess it is wrong to own anything and to sell everything and live together. This is not what spirit life is about. I have complete ownership while owning nothing. I enjoy the things of this world while having none of them. This is Holy Spirit Godhead stewardship in its beauty. Everything we are in koinonia is for His or Gods good pleasure and His good pleasure is koinonia “lets make man in our image”. Those who worship in spirit and truth are life and the more they journey in life the less they see natural identity or lines of separation.
So what happened with the $36? Later that day $36 exactly arrived in life. It purchased our dinner. It was exactly $36 no more no less and we never asked for it. Now some may see the pain in this story but really there was no pain. If there was we never knew it.
The only real feeling was a deep yearning for those who are skirting on the edge of koinonia. It was never about the money as some would make it or have made it. It was about intimacy, it was about koinonia. It was about those who see koinonia but struggle to let go. It was this time that our heart longed for the intimacy of unity. Yes it had become obvious some had the hand of God drawing them to koinonia but the religion of humanistic control still had its dark cancerous hand on their lives. What could be more sinister than ownership to hold a person captive. If we own anything then in reality it owns us, or the world system owns us. We can dance around it and rationalize it but we know we are trapped in a prison of self. We will own everything while owning nothing in koinonia. Maybe why Jesus said “unless you forsake all you cannot be my disciple”.
This cycle serves to reveal our religion of self and the lack of koinonia. When we live Holy Spirit life it is creative and everything we need is created. The first place God reveals life is in the koinonia. This is His greatest asset as it is Himself. The koinonia that is true koinonia, that is life no longer has the power of choice. It surrendered its power of choice when it made the choice to surrender to the Godhead. Now choice has turned to a flow of life or an embracing of death and if truly in koinonia life there can be no place for death.
So what of the folks who are in and out, who have decision and maintain identity of some type? They are not bad people they are just unyielding they have made religion from koinonia knowledge and after all who would not want koinonia it is a beautiful thing? Remember every religion in the world is formulated from a spiritual encounter and this is where they camp out. Why should it be any different with koinonia. People see koinonia, touch it, smell it, enjoy it, but if they never loose identity to it then all they have is religion they can control. A koinonia box they can live comfortably in. Can we blame ourselves for wanting control it is who we are as earthly people? Maybe why to live beyond this world is so precious.
Koinonia calls to us, koinonia invites us and the choice we do have is to surrender. We cannot take action towards koinonia as action is control. We just say “take my life Jesus” and in that simple cry of the heart amazing life now starts to be revealed. Then as we just live the desires of our heart are revealed as we are one with koinonia. There is a story in the bible that came alive to me during this $36 supermarket venture.
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
“Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”