The Holy Word promises a complete Restoration
Reboot is a common theme in the Bible. The Savior preached the Gospel of the Kingdom. He promised to return. That is what we wait for (or should do so) in anticipation: His Holy Reboot.
From Many To Twelve
How many Christian denominations exist today? If you search the internet you will get estimates of between 30,000 and 43,000. When our King Yeshua/Jesus comes back, He will restore His Kingdom to merely twelve divisions. How's that for a reboot? Let's look at His words.
Jesus said to them, “Most certainly I tell you that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life. But many will be last who are first; and first who are last. Matthew 19:28-30
Are we too heavenly minded?
I have never been comfortable with that statement that goes something like, "If you're too heavenly minded, you'll be no earthly good." The gist of that (as I understand it) is that if you're thinking of God things all the time, you'll be a little more than a paperweight here on earth. So the suggestion would be to get a little earthly so you can relate. "Get your head out of the clouds, Edith." That's a quote from Captain Underpants - The Movie, which is a gem of cinematic movie-ness.
But, but, but... there is a way in which that cliche' makes sense to me now. Many Christians have their eternity in the clouds. When the man who established His Kingdom, who is there now (in Heaven) says He is returning to establish His Kingdom here on earth with his twelve tribes.
"Oh yes, I want to be in that number..."
I gotta be frank here. If you consider yourself a Gentile believer right now, are you OK with being counted in the number of the twelve tribes who will inherit eternal life? I just think you might need a little self coaching, if you are inclined to react against the idea of being part of what the Bible calls the Commonwealth of Israel.
In His presence
Look, when you are in the presence of the Almighty, denominations go away. "The things of earth grow strangely dim." You breathe in the very breath (Ruach - Spirit) from YHWH. If we are hanging on to our fleshly allegiances, we can miss it. Your status can be "saved" but you can be void of the intimacy of His presence. Maybe it's a creed of some sort, or a brother, friend, Mom, or dad. You must love your Abba enough to set yourself apart with Him. You must follow your Savior as if you were leaving the living and the dead for Him.
Repentance is often thought of as an asking of forgiveness. It's what Jesus/Yeshua said to so many people, "Go and sin no more." That is the meaning of repentance. It means to turn. Are you sinning? Turn around and go the other way. He said, He is the Way. If we follow Him, we will not walk in darkness but will receive the light of life. Repentance does not need to be pertaining to sin. We can turn from other stuff as well. What about a creed? A denomination? A club membership?
Sometimes, the personal journey has to leave certain well meaning establishments behind in order to get where we are meant to be. Some people have to turn from their local congregation in order to serve a small village of the Sioux in the Dakotas. Some people have been called out for a quest of some sort.
I think many of us are ready for a reboot. Perhaps we have burned out from our religious things. Perhaps we have placed some traditions ahead of the simplicity of the Gospel. Perhaps we have forgotten what "chosen" means and we have become tied to our denomination. Take a moment to ponder what a reboot of faith would mean for you.
Maybe there is a fantastic ministry with which you are involved, yet the Spirit is calling you for a mission that takes you away - the wilderness or the mountain top, if you will, to learn with Him. To receive your assignment.
Manny and Rachel are a couple friends who experienced that recently. I preached at a small fellowship, and the Father guided me to speak to the call of the family that takes them out of a local congregation for a season. He revealed to me that there are many who have become comfortable, even to the point of complacency, within the leadership of a fine congregation. Afterwards, this couple came to me and stated that the Holy Spirit must have let me listen in on their prayers because that was to be their last week. The Father clearly revealed that they are to branch out and leave this specific fellowship for the assignment that God has for them.
And then I praised Yah. I knew nothing of their personal situation. I did not want to break up anyone's fellowship. But that is what the Father willed for that family. I jokingly said, "Your pastor is not going to like me." The fact is that pastor and I spoke about it and he teased me, but he understands the implications of a higher call directly from the Ruach (Spirit) of Yah. Not all pastors would be that understanding. Just saying.
So, maybe you are burned out (or burnt out, as we say in the south). Or maybe you are fine with your current Faith situation. Perhaps the Father has been calling you for a re-boot. If so, you are the person I am talking to.
I'm not here to convince anyone, or debate theology. I am testifying of the power of reboot. I often say that I do not recognize the "me" of 10 years ago. That fellow went through a series of travels and real trials, and now is changed.
I did not orchestrate any of our reboot. If I did, why would I have chosen things like friends betrayal and spiteful treatment from family? Why would we choose to be shunned (ghosted) by people who claim to be sincere Christians? I share this, not to frighten, but to assure you that some of this may have already started with your personal faith. This is a normal side effect of living a more Messiah centered life. You are His disciple, the world (especially the religious world) will not understand. It may be time to join His tribe. This is where you will take off the vest of your current denomination. It might offend the leaders of such denomination, but you will be pleasing your King.
Just you and your Creator. Boldly, you can approach with just one mediator. Jesus/Yeshua Messiah.
Are you in need of a reboot?
If so, share your questions or comments below.