If you remember learning about icebergs in Elementary or Middle School you know that what you see sticking out of the water is only a small fraction of the whole thing.
Over the last 2 years I have walked through a major change in ministry. God began some things in the church I serve that have caused me to take a fresh and new look at my faith, my theology, my walk, and my views of what the church is and does. This has been an incredible journey of discovery. However, not everyone around you is ready to take the journey or handle what you discover. Like Jesus in John 6:66, many of His disciples turned away because they could not handle what He was saying to them, and they quit following Him.
For most, if you asked about or mentioned church, their first thought would picture a building located at some specific address. You know the question, “where do you go to church?” If this represents the iceberg above the water, what is below the surface. If all we experience is what we see on the surface, we miss the beauty of all that is below. Sadly, many believers will spend their whole life just on the surface and want nothing else or reject the notion that anything under the surface should be explored.
Let me prophecy (throw stones if you want), there is a shift happening – a global shift. As I have cried, prayed and searched, I am finding there are more people walking the way of Jesus than you will find warming a pew on Sunday. They are living in intentional communion and community with Jesus and other believers. They are committed to be the church, not just attend church.
The church as we have known it is in crisis. Our culture is changing and this current and next generation of spiritual seekers are looking for something more than church attendance. They are looking for more than religion. They want more than a life of lip service. For them, what is on the surface has no meaning without all that’s underneath.
What’s on the surface just doesn’t cut for me anymore. I’ve got to have what’s underneath. The truth is, the surface no longer satisfies and looses meaning without the beauty of the depths of Jesus and all that the church should really be.
Time is short, ‘ve got to leave off here. I will probably revisit this in my next post. I hope I have stirred something in you. If so please leave a comment. I cannot be the only one feeling this. I know I’m not.