A Brief Devotional on Shedding Interfaces
ARC GUIDE LEVEL 3
Ideal for those well acquainted with our thought process at Ammi Ruhama Community.
We need to make some difficult connections when it comes to what we do and say on a day to day basis according to our new found purpose in life. Our purpose is not a new action, a new career, the care of a specific type of person or a resolution to start or stop anything, but a renewed passion to communicate. To be seen, felt, heard and understood and to see, feel, hear and understand a wide variety of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and to derive value from one another in such a way as to sustain one another by fulfilling our mutual life’s purpose.
If the whole point of life is intersoul communication then the stuff of life takes a back seat to accurately and effectively communicating ourselves and our message to one another. In order for this to happen, the message must be our own and cannot be talking points from some institution or symbiotic organisation to which we belong. Otherwise we put a secondary interface between of our senses and theirs and end up speaking nonsense to our neighbours because they don’t know how to read love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control from the big red sign we are holding that says, “Abortion is Murder,” or, “God Hates Fags,” or “Don’t you see I just finished mopping the floor? Get the f*ck out!”
My question to help us make these connections will always be to ask what the point of life is. If I am thrown into a tale spin because I cannot control a situation or an outcome, or footfall on my newly clean floor, then I, perhaps, have not fully believed that the point of life is to communicate the best news ever. If I did, I would be more diplomatic and put my best foot forward. I would make a concerted effort to be crystal clear in every instance, and act and speak in a way that shows my primary interfacial care and concern for people communicated directly to them person to person. Let me be clear here, the point of life is not to, ‘be the adult,’ or to have clean floors or to be necessarily right, but to communicate. If I am convinced that I alone am right then my goal is not to communicate but to dictate as the god of my area–it is a subtle difference with massive outcomes. I can communicate who I am and what I believe without dictating to others when I fully receive who they are and what they believe and interface with them in a meaningful way moving the conversation forward without the use of what the Apostle Paul calls “well thought out arguments”. The point of life is not to control people but to love them, and serve them by the communication of the best news ever until they believe it not only by our understandable language but by our actions of love towards them because we have brought nothing but Christ and Him crucified. This is not only in terms of witnessing to the lost but to one another. We can deny Christ by denying our purpose to communicate the love and mercy of Christ in our day to day interactions. The goal is then not only that we would love and serve others and offer them the mercy of God which we ourselves received but for them to love and serve us and others around them and offer them the mercy that they received–this can only be done when we are not speaking nonsense to our neighbours.
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