My family and I are going to live in an RV full-time.
We expected this would happen eventually, but we have been prayerfully waiting for when we’ve felt God’s permission to transition to such a lifestyle. Living in an RV will allow me to travel and form relationships that will be key to the next phase of Open Church.
A foundation for Open Church.
My work with Open Church has definitely been long, tedious, and humbling. There have been many times it’s felt like God has hit the brakes on it and forced me to take baby steps. It is hard to put the last 3 years into words, but God has been changing me in marvelous ways. Although I’ve wanted to sprint ahead with Open Church, it wasn’t the right timing as God still had work to do in me first. Of course, the Christian life is always a journey that’s a work in progress. But there are seasons for sprinting and seasons for waiting upon the Lord. I am not sure exactly what this next season will be, but it is clear that the seasons are changing.
I have learned to be content with putting my big plans aside and focusing on obeying God better. If I could wish two things on every Christian, it would be hunger and obedience. If you are hungry for God and obedient to Him, than all other spiritual goals and fruit seem to fall like dominoes in alignment. Hunger keeps you pursuing after God. It keeps your ears yearning after His voice in Scripture and your heart listening for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. How can we obey unless we seek Him first? I want a life where the prayer never ends. The conversation doesn’t stop but simply goes through cycles of deep communion alone with God and an ever-present worship and mindfulness of Him as I go about my day. I’m still working on that.
All I want is to be obedient. I just need to do my part and know that God will do the rest. My part may seem insignificant. My part may seem weird at times. But I need to simply obey without adding embellishments in my own strength of what I think God needs. Paul planted the seed; Apollo watered it; but only God made it grow (1 Corinthians 3:6). Without God miraculously growing the fruit, our work is in vain.
I am excited to see where Open Church goes. We do have long range blueprints built around a few possibilities of where God might take it, but we hold them loosely. Instead we focus on what are the next few steps of obedience ahead of us and do our best.
What about the missional community?
Some of you might be wondering what happened to the missional community I blogged about last August. I haven’t written about them out of respect for their leadership’s wishes to avoid the attention.
The short story is last November we moved into a missional community of about 60 adults in downtown Oklahoma City. Half of us (including my family) live in a 21-unit apartment complex. The close proximity makes it easier to fellowship, be accountable, study the Bible together, and pray together whenever you want. The neighborhood is home to the city’s largest homeless shelter and a pretty rough history, which creates more opportunities than usual to practice being the hands and feet of Christ.
I may share lessons learned sometime in the future, but it has been the best and perhaps most challenging season for my family yet. I have truly fallen in love with Christ here. I loved Him before but not like this. This past season was all the right ingredients for what we needed, and I look forward to what God has for us in the next season while living in a house on wheels (as my kids call it).