On Being Alone
from an email several years ago:
I think the shape of things is changing, in our "Christian" world, as slowly people begin grasping Who they are. Hearing of your situation of being apart (physically) from other "IT IS DONE" folk, so that day by day you have to gut it out in faith somewhat alone, has even further solidified some of these thoughts for me.
Just this. I think the time is past that God's people are content to just let "the preacher" handle the spiritual side of life, and I think we are starting to see the beginnings of a "kingdom of priests" which will, as I see it, be a move away from organizing & having "ministries" as have proliferated so bountifully in the past. There will be too many people who Know for everybody to be "Fred Pruitt Ministries, Inc." And we don't function well within those types of borders anyway.
Instead I see the life of Jesus living out in housewives, executives, pub owners, waitresses, musicians (secular or "spiritual"), artists, refuse collectors, soldiers, stockbrokers, auto mechanics, etc., who, like you and me, have had to "gut it out alone" in the darkness of faith, to come to a full knowledge of themselves as Him in us, so that Christ is lived out in power and love in regular people living regular lives.
I see in those "regular" lives the extraordinariness of Life, because the trial of our faith brings forth gold of the purest color and depth, so that in the abundance of the branches of the tree (which our lives become) many people find shade and rest and sustenance. This is something we don't do or work toward. He has done it and left us the witness that He has become in us a peculiar treasure in a very plain pot.
But that "gutting it out alone" is not, obviously, to negate the wonderful Reality of you & I and the rest of the Body as One Person with each other and with Him, so that we are not really "alone," but surrounded by the heavenly "cloud of witnesses" and linked together in this life in the Spirit beyond the depths of our knowledge, whether we physically see each other or not. So we repetitively encourage one another in this new cyberspace Body of Christ.
Looking at the True City, John the Revelator said: "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it."
This is what I see also. The "Heavenly City" is the people of God, past, present, future, and it exists NOW, among us. It IS us! And as the apostle said, there is no outer "temple" there, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it, meaning that the City you see, the people of God, IS the temple of the Lord, the manifestation of His glory and presence.
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
God is faithful to bring His will to pass. Absolutely NOTHING can thwart the will of God in this present moment. (Why do people fret so?) Hallelujah to the Lord God Almighty and to the Lamb!