28.2.06

Jesus and His Army - Jesus Army Life, Day 226

On Saturday we all went to a big church celebration in Birmingham. There were 29 of us there in all and at one point some of the newer guys were presented as 'Jesus Army soldiers' on stage. I can't tell you how proud I was to see them up there - it wasn't the fact that we had done something great, it was simply that these guys had become part of the family. We love 'em.

The event was unashamedly 'Jesus Army' and I loved it. Sometimes I wonder about getting the balance right between focussing on Jesus the Head and the church his Body. Is it possible to fully acknowledge one without paying attention to the other? No one can worship Jesus without being fully committed to seeking the good of his Church, no one can be fully committed to the church without a desire to put Jesus first before all things. At Birmingham however, we seemed to be fully for Jesus, fully for his Church and it was great.

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousnes
Matthew 6:33

There was difficulty too for one of the couples. The husband had taken ill and they had to go home early, a small matter in itself, but we have no desire to see this illness become troublesome in the long term. Needless to say, while everyone else enjoyed themselves they found the experience quite difficult.