Rhema is a Greek word used in the New Testament to signify a ‘word’ or ‘utterance’. What makes it different to a standard word, is that it’s often described as a word that is spoken in a particular time; as Today’s Community Church, we reckon that the most recent series of messages we have heard at our gatherings have been like a rhema word- specifically for us, right now. Seasons and Reasons has been poignant and truth telling, and challenging but illuminating to what could be.
At any given time, each one of us is in a season. Be it good, bad, or ugly, we’re there. The mission of God does not go on hold during any season, so how do we acknowledge where we are without hibernating or retiring? We covered a lot of ground in the past few weeks through his talks… but, here are some of the key thoughts:
Ever been lying down on an inflatable on the sea close to the shore, and then before you know it, you open your eyes are you’re right out near the restricted boating areas? We usually become displaced slowly, and by simple drift. When we are in a particularly difficult season, we can become transfixed on the weather and circumstance, rather than who we are and our purpose. Drift removes us from where we need to be and we trick ourselves into believing ‘it’s just because of the season I’m in’.
Where are you positioning yourself in your current season?
Right here, right now
It is our current rhythms that lead. The things we prioritise in our season right now matter. If we let go of important rhythms in any season, we risk becoming displaced and disillusioned; this hikes up to another level when we don’t just consider the implications for ourselves, but for our children.
Which rhythms in your life are of the highest priority right now?
Giving it all away
As followers of Christ, realising that surrender is the way is paramount. The minute we forget that it is because of surrender that we have freedom, we become consumers who treat Jesus as if he is a self-help guru when we can’t quite make the grade in our own striving. Surrendering our comfortability, uncertainties and selfishness position us to be devoted to the God who loves us and sacrificed everything for us. Devotion causes us to be uninhabited (think of King David in 2 Samuel 6).
Who or what are you devoted to?
If you’re in the middle of the Sahara, dehydrated and exhausted, you’re likely to imagine that you can see water: this is called a mirage. It is an image of something that you believe to be there, but isn’t. When we have allowed ourselves to become estranged from our life source, we get confused- we start to see, hear, and say things that aren’t real. If God, the source of our supply, is drowned out in our season, we stop the flow of fresh, living water that invigorates every part of our being. Without clean water, we don’t function in the way which we were designed to, and it’s the same when we settle for stagnated and old water.
Where is your life source coming from? Have you forgotten to stay hydrated?
Settlement can occur for any of us at any time of life. What did the Psalmist mean, when they said, ‘planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green’ (Psalm 92)? We bear fruit when we plant the right seed, irrespective of our situation, age or season. Settlement stops us from advancing the mission of God, and it is not just for vivacious people under the age of 35 without children. If we settle now, what will it mean for everyone else, and the generations to come?
Where is God calling you out to? Who is he calling you out to?
Telling the time
You can’t buy the kind of watch or clock that helps you to tell the kairos time (Greek for the propitious moment, or supreme time). If everything is beautiful in its appointed time, then that surely means that good things can sometimes be ugly outside of their time. In every season, we hold the mandate of being able to know the moment and embrace it with the correct response.
What is the current time in your life? Is it time to move where you have previously been stuck or stationary?
Our heart is that these messages challenge your thoughts to the places God is ushering you towards in spite of your season of life. If you missed any of the talks, you can watch them now on tcclife.com/podcast
Author: Rachel Calland