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David's quest: seeking the kingdom
June 12, 2010
Three days ago David, a participant in our local fellowship, sent the letter below to another brother who some weeks ago traveled from a distance with his family to spend some time visiting with our local fellowship.
Hello (named brother), I have read your response to (another brother)'s letter a few times
now, trying to get a better sense of who you are and by what spirit you
are communicating under. The short time we were able to spend together
wasn't sufficient to truly gain an understanding of the way you are
being led, nor you, I.
I am very aware of the many different
conversations we had while you were here. Much was talked about, many
ideas were thrown out to think about. That is something I enjoy doing
and many times the Lord speaks to me through those ideas. But from what
I can glean from your letters is that you might have read more into
those conversations than was actually there.
I would much rather talk to you face to face, but from what you wrote
that might not be possible for a while. So I will try to tell you the
best I can what I am seeking. I seek the Kingdom of God and his
righteousness (to do what is right from day to day) and I discern what
is right by seeking to listen to his voice as I move through my days.
This is not always easy, but it does keep things simple. By doing
this, my King has led me into a deeper relationship with himself and
with my brothers. This has given me a great desire to see many others
come into this way of life. A quiet and simple way, trusting Jesus for
direction and for provision. What more does man need!
As I meet
different brothers on my journey, I do my best to trust that they, too,
know and hear the voice of our father and that he is leading them, even
if they are on a path I wouldn't take. I remain very willing and eager
to build relationships and to seek to encourage each other on our
journeys, trusting that I am not my brother's master, but my brother's
helper. I am convinced that Jesus, through his Spirit, is far better
at working out the details in another man's life than I am. My role in
my brother's life is, if I can, help him discern God's will and then
encourage him to obey. If he be lacking something I can meet, I should
be willing to meet it.
I am trusting that it was in this spirit
you were desiring to come out here. however, before I could tell you
what needs could be met by you in our lives, I would need to
spend much more time with you and your family to understand what gifts
you have been given that the Lord might want to use in our lives. I
would be eager for this opportunity if it be the will of our King.
Listen and obey, my brother,
for He is able,