Core Values. What is it exactly that core values do anyway? They help us implement the vision given to us by God as well as help us see through the lens and paradigm by which we view reality. For me, a defining value, which helps create my paradigm, is reformation. I began to understand this particular value out of two constant questions I had with the Holy Spirit. “Lord, how do you sustain a continual outpouring of the Holy Spirit? Is it possible for the truth of scripture to change regions, nations, and continents?” It was so exciting to hear the Lord answer a resounding yes! There is a reformation of the church-taking place and there is going to be a continued reformation of the church that will take place. We are in a time of great transition in the body of Christ. It’s very exciting.
So here is how I define reformation: The changing of the universal church to be better aligned in both belief and expression with the purposes of God. I believe that the heart of God is to make every believer a reformer and every universal church an agent of reformation - not only in the church but also of society. The subject of the current reformation of the Church is vast and exhaustive but please allow me to offer three insights into it.
1. The foundation of this current reformation is a people who build their lives on a solid foundation of intimacy and fellowship with God and love their neighbors as themselves. A life of intimacy and fellowship with God is the foundation for all of life.
2. My belief in reformation is not that I believe everything currently expressed in the body of Christ is completely negative but that we are people who are transitioning. Sometimes when you talk about the concept of reformation people say, “well you don’t think anything good is taking place”. That’s simply not true. I believe great things are happening but God is transitioning us from “ok” to our very best - because He wants us to be a people who can actually influence generations to come and bring lasting influence to society.
3. One of the cornerstones of being a reformer is viewing reality not as it is currently but as God intended it to be. You see God’s passion is for the Earth to look like Heaven. We know that in the beginning God created the heavens not because He needed a place to live, but because He wanted to show us a place that He was comfortable living. G-d has chosen His body to be stewards of the earth so that earth would resemble Heaven. G-d’s vision for the earth must become our vision (Matthew 6:10).
I hope you have enjoyed this read. I bless today to become the reformer that God intends you to be.