By Dale Shumaker
When it comes to advancing the Kingdom of Heaven through one's life there are three places a person may be. A person knows his/her mission, a person may be in transition to another mission focus, or a person may be working at determining what his or her's is.
In all cases the foundation of mission, knowing and understanding it, begins with faith, then adding deliberate effort every day to renew the mind to be a Spiritual mind (mind of Christ), including hearing God's directions He has for you... all need to be developed to their fullest as well as interconnected. The next two areas, below, help in the process of mission advancing and/or discovery. When done with another doing the same, it sharpens the Spirit to run in a refined way in our lives. This relationship with 2 or 3 or a small close group, when cultivated, increases in power as the relationship increases in its closeness and bonding.
Examples when this happens can include those who were in the same dorm during college for 4 years, those in the military in the same unit in combat operations, a company of the top three working through a crisis together over several years. When the relationships are cultivated through experiences as these they form a strong bond. When those in mission cultivate close, bonding relationships, power, creativity, doing things you could never do alone unfold. His Spirit shows up.
Power is created when two substances or particles unite or fuse into one. This happens in lightning... a negative combines with a positive, producing a powerful surge of electricity. An atomic explosion is caused by the fission of two atoms. Creation comes from a male and female becoming one.
In physics, nature, biology the principle applies for energy, creation, dynamic response.
In Spirit, the same thing happens. Jesus expressed this... when a sinful person fuses (losing its original form into a new one) with an intermediate source, Jesus, merging with a Holy God (the Holy Spirit indwells) life-transforming power is released. Two people (like this) agreeing ignites a Spiritual response that creates what is agreed on, Super-naturally. This is how we become empowered to see remarkable responses, occurrences. It happens when two, three unite in prayer, a cause, or purpose... a magnificent mission.
This brief Scripture is one of the most powerful if practiced in all we do... especially applying to all relationships... family, at work, managers, leaders, all places we go. "...clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." Col. 3:12
In mission partnering, prayer partnering, it exponentially affects the dynamic of Spirit in all we do. Two become as a hundred in Spiritual impact. When Jesus said love one another, these are present. Prayer is the Power that feeds the cultivation of Spirit and bonding of relationships in Spirit.
Mission is formed and reformed like the eye wall of a hurricane. Each time becoming stronger, and in many cases redirected.
The eye wall is constantly rebuilding and reforming. It breaks down (gets wider and oblong) and then reforms again, each time increasing in power.
The smaller the eye wall and more perfect it is as a true circle, the stronger it is. The more close-knit and connected the Body of Christ is, the more powerful it is. The eye wall of the hurricane does this over and over again in building strength... forming the eye wall, breaking down, and reforming over and over again. We do that as our mission grows, expands and adjusts in direction.
As you progress through the building blocks of Living Your Magnificent Mission, you continue to keep recycling constantly again and again through steps 1 through 6... much like the hurricane's eye wall. Your Spiritual force is constantly increasing.