The Physical Presence of Other Believers (Perkins)

Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win by [John M. Perkins, Randy Alcorn]

“Dream with Me” by John Perkins is a helpful autobiographical reflection on the Christian life through the eyes of a man who has seen much evil and darkness. Yet he did not give in to the darkness or fight darkness with darkness, but by God’s grace let his light shine in various ways and blessed many people. Last night I highlighted these paragraphs that I though were helpful and worth sharing:

At a recent conference some of the young people I had met tried to convince me that they didn’t really need a preacher. They’re frustrated with traditional church leadership but believe in the priesthood of believers, which is all well and good. But they prefer a virtual church over a traditional one.

I told them, ‘That’s going to be weak, because it’s going to miss the incarnation. It will not have a human touch.’

The writer of Hebrews gave this exhortation: ‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching’ (Heb. 10:24-25). That active presence of other believers contributes to God’s work within us. Again, it’s not that God needs us to complete what He is doing – but He allows that human dimension to be a part of His redemptive work. We are so quick, as human beings, to get our salvation and then make it personal. ‘It’s all about Jesus and me.’ What would happen if we organized with the expectation that God is going to use us in one another’s lives – if we recognize the importance of those around us to our own spiritual growth?

John Perkins, Dream with Me, p. 96-97.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015