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The Homeless Necessity

I beg your indulgence. This post is designed to encourage and give clarity to people in my line of work. It’s not meant to exclude anyone else. To some of you, it might sound a little us-focused, but this one is for them. They could use the encouragement, so I hope you understand.

This is for all you apostolic workers out there, and for those of you struggling to understand us.

Blood is considered a connective tissue. It’s not muscle, not bone, not an organ. People like me, like my team mates, are blood. The apostolic worker is connective tissue, and more specifically, blood. In the global body of Christ, we’re the blood.

In your body, where is your blood? It’s not here, it’s not there, yet it’s everywhere. It has no home, except everywhere, and when it does stay in one place, it stops being what it is. It carries bits from one part to another, and carries fresh oxygen to the whole. It is homeless, yet is somewhat at home in the whole Body.

We’re the blood. It’s important for us to remember that. We won’t feel at home anymore anywhere. Wherever we go, we’ll be a little different, and our job will be to be a little different, because we’re carrying within us some of what it means to be the last place we were. When I go to the States, I’m a little Narnyan, and that’s what I’m supposed to be. It makes me lonely, and that’s alright, because what I am able to bring to those I love in the States because of my experience being somewhere else is worth it to me. And when I return here, some of the grace and light I experience with my believing friends in the States comes with me, spreading strength and perspective to my team mates and helping me encourage believers here.

My friend Phil lives in Antioch. He IS Antioch. He’s made of Antioch. He incarnates Jesus as an Antiochan. That is what he is for. He is bone and stability and place. The located necessity.

My friend John is a networker. He pulls people together and helps them give their strength to each other. John is a ligament. Without him, two strong muscles would never be able to connect to truly move the body. They couldn’t produce coordinated action. John makes that possible. The binding necessity.

There are other organs, other parts, other muscles. And each is necessary.

But we, friends, we’re the blood. A little lonely everywhere, yet able to live anywhere. And that’s what we’re for. We’re weird, not because our clothes fall out of style, but because we have been broken and remade on a different potter’s wheel. No one will likely ever really understand us, except another one of us. We will only be at home in the whole world. And that’s ok. We’re the blood. The homeless necessity.

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genceman

Dear Brother Vagabond, How I relate to your piece here and offer a word of encouragement.Being here there and everywhere is better than ever being anywhere beyond the scope of the kingdom reality that is our life in the overlap of the ages. Easy life, settled horizon, no. In fact as the waves rise up and go down we sometimes lose sight of the horizon altogether, but never, ever, the Heavens. Let them continue to guide you in the emptying and the filling up that is our lives as other. Tertium quid, wandering squid, you choose. We are the sent,the… Read more »

mediachick

Your insight in this post has given my soul much comfort and encouragement. I request daily that Father gives you many blessings with His Grace and peace. If there is anything else I can request, please let me know.

paulrwarner@gmail.com

This, for me,is a reality that hadn’t quite hit me until the moment I read it. “awe, yes!” my soul cried…and then I wasn’t sure I “wanted” to be blood. I was just commenting to a friend that we just sold our house, all our things are in a 10×20 storage unit, we are living with my in-laws, and I’m more content now than ever, because I KNOW we are doing the right based on what we were created for. Being blood is pretty awesome…(if I were to have said that in my home town, I would have been shot… Read more »

paulrwarner@gmail.com

In case you were wondering…the last coment was from Bren.