I was soaking in God’s presence and felt challenged to look for four crazy friends who would explore some new things in God with me.
Why four crazy friends? It took four crazy friends to tear off the roof and lower their paralyzed friend into the presence of Jesus. So we start with four. I heard an unforgettable sermon in Peru about the four crazy friends. And then, recently when I was soaking, God began to give me a vision to look for them
Why should my friends be crazy? First, I’m not looking for certifiable lunatics. Instead, we want to be lighthearted enough that we can laugh at ourselves as we learn. Second, we want to do things we’ve never done before as we reach for more of God. Third, we will probably feel a little bit crazy once in a while as we step out and take risks.
1. As four crazy friends, we recognize that we’re all paralytics. None of us is moving in God as much as we want to. Our goal is to take up our beds and walk. We can do what others have done before, or we can pioneer new methods.
2. Apprenticeship, not discipleship. Nobody taught the four crazy men to do what they did. So I’ll teach what I can, but if you become Jesus’ apprentice, He will show you things nobody else can teach you. As we share what He gives us, we’ll all learn.
3. Folks say a student can go no higher than the teacher. This is why we want to be apprentices of Jesus, not disciples of any man. It will take more than information and notebooks to heal our paralysis. Nothing less than face-to-face communion with Jesus can make us whole.
4. Where the roof used to be, now the sky’s the limit. We aren’t on the roof, tearing a hole to lower a paralytic into the presence of Jesus. If anything, Jesus Himself has already torn a hole in the roof for us, so we can look up and ascend without limits. Look at our Teacher! “Come up,” He calls.
More about the vision God gave me. When I find my four crazy friends, I want each to be free to invite two more. We’ll meet once every week or two, choosing whatever time and place is most convenient.
We can share our triumphs and our struggles, praying for one another as we go. Our testimonies will make the grace of God contagious to one another.
How our little group will grow. If you’re one of my four crazy friends and you bring two more, after a while you will have a group of three who have a shared history as apprentices of Jesus. When God tells you it’s time to break away from my group and develop your own, we’ll rejoice with you and bless you as you go. Perhaps God will use you to raise up workers in another church.
I need your testimonies.
First, as you visit “The Gathering” on Sunday afternoons, your testimonies will animate the faith of others.
Further, whenever we post testimonies on our blogs, there is a potential for the grace of God to spread to others all over the world. Who knows, maybe someone halfway around the world will read your testimony and find four crazy friends …
I need four groups, for four topics: (1) the 31-day devotional, “Learn To Hear From God,” (2) Prophetic song, (3) prophetic art, and (4) prophetic/power evangelism.