The Springfield (Missouri) tribe, as they are affectionately called, is the first community out of our local area (North Texas) where we played a role in birthing. We have walked with these precious brother/sisters for around 12 years now. Many trips have been made between Springfield and North Texas, both ways, in order to build, strengthen and gain maximum benefit out of our relationship.
As expected, the expression of Christ released through this community is unique. Primarily consisting of young couples, children abound. It’s always a joy to visit the Springfield tribe because we deeply love them all and there is so much life and activity with the young ones involved.
As we spent time together these last two days, I began to recognize that there is a brood of young spirits, hearts and minds that are being reared in a Kingdom environment. These precious little ones have never set foot in a “church” or experienced a traditional “church service”!
All they have ever known is the life of community and the effectiveness of Kingdom relationships modeled by their parents. Can you imagine a generation being raised up to walk in the Kingdom as the Church and not being confined by the small mentality of a limited religious culture of denominationalism? It’s happening right before our eyes. It’s awesome!
God defines himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; meaning He transcends generations. Starting with Abraham, it wasn’t until the fourth generation that followed Jacob where the 12 sons were born that the kingdom was established in fullness. The same principle applies today for the Kingdom to advance. There must be a generational transfer from generation to generation!
The WORST thing we can do is take a generation that is wired by Father to function/operate far beyond our ability and attempt to relegate them to what we have always known as church. What we have always known and done in church holds NO relevance to the generations being raised up!
This is by Father’s design. He knows the type of existence required in the generations who will walk according to the Kingdom and bring this age to a close!
A good example of what I am saying is found in something that is probably close at hand….. A smartphone. Do you realize that three year olds hold in their hands more computing power than what was present in the capsule that took man to the moon the first time? It’s true.
Not only do they hold it in their tiny little hands, they learn to use such a complex device almost as a second nature. They are wired differently. Do you see how something defined for us (basically old folk) is something different and far advanced for the succeeding generations?
A phone for me growing up was a rotary dial phone, plugged into the wall and used to make phone calls. The definition of a phone for these whiz kids holds minuscule similarity to our definition. To them a phone can make calls but it also is used for texting, taking pictures, listening to music, surfing the web and downloading hundreds of apps that allow them to a myriad of functions.
It’s a new day! They are a new generation! They will not go back to using a rotary phone…..nor should they! So, why should we expect them to revert back to our old, tired, worn out and ineffective definitions and functions of things in the Spirit and Kingdom?
Listen, I understand that there are fundamental truths and foundations that are not to be forsaken. And those are the things that should be generationally transferred! But, that’s all. All the other stuff that we’ve heaped on top of Christ needs to die out in our generation and we should not pass it along. They don’t want it. They see through it at first glance and it doesn’t compute.
It takes a mature people with a proper heart to recognize that these succeeding generations will go far beyond what we have experienced and know God in ways we could never imagine. If we realize this truth, we won’t hem them in by our old means and methods. Rather, we will change the way we think and do all we can do to facilitate and encourage their advancement into the spiritual frontiers of a Majestic God who has yet to truly be discovered.
I reckon this is one of the main reasons why I love my precious brothers/sisters in Springfield so much. They are doing the work, breaking the molds of men’s traditions so that their seed can have the liberty to freely pursue the things of God and significant advancement can be accomplished in the Kingdom!
We leave tomorrow for Oklahoma City to be introduced to a brand new Kingdom community. Should be an exciting time!
Keep your peace!
Part of the Springfield tribe: Matt &Heidi Giles with their 6 adopted children: Joseph, Isaiah, Annika, Jaz, Shiloh and Sean.