Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on Jun 07, 2019

Boxes – The Village #2

Scripture Reference: Acts 8:1

And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

 

“The box that you are in when people meet you can become the prison that they hold you to.”

The challenge is growing outside the Box of You and others to Expose the Gifts of God that are inside the box.

 

Meet Me, Met Me, Let Me

Meet Me, because I am more than when you Met Me! Let Me get outside the Box.

 

The Village

African Proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.”

It takes more than just a good parent; it takes a complete sociological environment to raise a child.

Church, Schools, Coaches, Teams, Lifestyles…

But beware, the culture that raised you can become the handcuffs that restrict you.

Illustration: Crabs in a Bucket - No one ever escapes because the culture keeps pulling them down.

Acts 8:1 “And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.”

The disciples, more than the 12, several disciples were staying in Jerusalem, a village, that was comfortable to them.

This is where the Holy Spirit fell.

This is where 3,000 got saved and quickly grew to 5,000.

This is where they were doing miracles.

The Church was gathering in homes, selling their possessions, giving to the poor.

The Church was successful at meeting all the needs of the city.

            God decided to scatter it.

What God used to bless them He would not allow it to incarcerate them.

But persecution arose or “the village turned vicious.”

The village that raised the 12 was about to imprison them. So, God forced them outside of the village, the box.

 

In Your Box:

            You are comfortable in your Box, your Village.

            You are good in your Box, your Village.

            You are cruising in your Box, your Village.

            You are agreed with in your Box, your Village.

            You are celebrated in your Box, your Village.

 

Your social construct, village, community, your sphere of influence, “Your People” can give you a false sense of security of the world.

The only reason that you are not being criticized and challenged is that you haven’t left your village.

What if God is trying to grow you beyond your Box, your Village.

Beyond your village, where everything you say is not celebrated but scrutinized.

What you do is not encouraged but controversial.

When you pray at lunch and you are persecuted and not praised.

 

What if He put you in a place where no one agreed with you about anything?  

Are you strong enough, tough enough, determined enough to survive outside the Village?

This is why TWBC is known as a place “Where Lifechange Happens?” We are determined to create believers that can survive in adverse conditions.

 

Has our dependency on the Box, the Village stopped us from being the person we could be? Has the need for the validation of the Village made us vulnerable and ineffective?  

            People have a propensity, to stay in the Box, the Village because of the familiarity.  

 

God Did It

Deuteronomy 32:11

“Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,”

Sometimes He is purposely making you uncomfortable in the nest or “now”! He is trying to separate you from what is dearest to you to get you to the dream.

            Sometimes you may be rebuking the devil, when it is actually God stirring.

 

It turns out that an eagle’s nest is quite an elaborate affair. A pair of eagles may take up to 6 weeks to build a nest, usually in the top of a tree, lining it with soft grasses, moss and other grassy materials. Finally, to complete the nest, they tenderly line the bottom with their own feathers.

 

For the first twelve weeks of life, the eaglet relaxes, trusting her parents to provide everything she needs.

 

When it’s time for the eaglet to learn to fly, the mother and father use their sharp talons to pull apart the soft materials that lined the nest. Then the mother eagle rises up and hovers over the nest, flapping her huge wings, stirring the nest

 

As she does this, all of the comfortable stuff that kept the nest cozy flies out. This sends a clear message to the eaglet—it’s time to leave your life of comfort!

 

“Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them,
bearing them on its pinions,”

What is God stirring in your Nest today?

 

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