Greetings in the Name of Yeshua:
"Outside Looking In - breaking down walls of hostility"
Why is it, when you get older and feel that you do not have the energy to give birth, that God increases the passions of your core convictions? Core convictions are those values that have captured your heart early on and have been the force that repeatedly propels you forward. From before Dan and I entered the ministry we longed for community where brothers and sisters dwelled together in unity. A place of extended family relationships where everyone felt included and were empowered to become all they could become. A place where one was for the good of all and the all was for the good of the one. A place where each person supported the other and manifested the love of God to the other. A place of growth and expansion beyond their four walls, in others words, not ingrown. I could go on but you get the picture. What I am describing is the Acts 2:42-47 community, a community held together by one mind, the mind of the Messiah.
As a mother of four children, I longed for familial unity. I was one who hated conflict and it seemed that one of my main parental roles was to function as a judge, lawyer or referee to resolve the children's battles and then, foremost, to disciple them into love and forgiveness. Some of the happiest times of motherhood were when I was in a room and all my children were laughing and enjoying each other, involving themselves with each other in a peaceful, loving and acceptable manner. And now this happens when all our children and grandchildren get together and these same dynamics are in operation. I used to have a banner I made over my bed declaring this reality and hope: "The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest"(Isaiah 32:17-18). "Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity … there the Lord commands a blessing!" (Psalm 133).
All true mothers and fathers have this heart because it is a manifestation of God's heart towards us. Can't you hear him saying, "Love one another for then my love is made complete in you. I manifest myself among you when you love one another. Remember that I have first loved you. No one has seen me but when you love one another I abide in you and my love is made perfect in you." (1 John 4:7-14)
From the beginning God has been involved in a long process of restoring mankind to a loving relationship with himself, of aligning our hearts with his. First he captured the heart of a few individuals, then a nation (Israel) and then - in Messiah - the other nations of the world. Paul reminded the Ephesian church that for a long time the Gentiles felt separated from the commonwealth of Israel, the covenants of promise, separate from the Messiah and without hope. They saw themselves as being outside the favor of God looking in. But now, through the blood of Yeshua, the wall of hostility has been broken down and has made shalom between all people groups. He has put the old hostility to death and thus creating one new man. If this is true, which it is, why is there so much division in the world, and sadly in the body of Messiah? Because of unbelief many still are on the outside looking in, not believing that they can have the same union with God as all of God's chosen people. We are no longer foreigners and strangers but members of God's household! For this reason we can all bend the knee before our common Father, the Father of us all. From him we all derive our name. (Ephesians 2:11-22; 4:14-19). When we live our lives from the center, each experiencing the love of the Father, then unity happens. The work of the five-fold ministry is the main key to this happening. It is the fulfillment of the spirit and power of Elijah that turns the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers (Malachi 3:23). The apostolic moves out from the father heart of God and opens its arms to draw all people into the center, into the arms of the love of God. When we all partake in this acceptance there is unity.