Not a perfect church but a perfect Shepherd

I follow an unseen leader, the perfect Shepherd. Although He’s invisible, He guides me from within. Grazing on the unseen glory of God flowing from within me I begin to gaze on His beauty and to taste and see that He is good. My faith finds solid footing by learning to daily experience and interact with the unseen risen Jesus.

Jesus will lead a worship gathering in unseen ways if we will remove the structures of our control that hinder Him. When Christians are uncomfortable trusting worship meetings to God’s unseen leadership, they’re uncomfortable with Jesus.

A church service run by a visible leader requires nothing supernatural, but for the leader to step aside and confusion not to conquer requires that the unseen Jesus step in and take over. When Christians rely on the perfect Shepherd — the unseen Jesus — to lead a worship gathering, there’s no need for a human leader to have control. Some rely on pastors, some on church programs, but no one or nothing can lead the body of Christ like the unseen Jesus can!

Let the living Jesus be the unseen Leader behind the scenes: An orderly meeting with no visible leader is hard to explain unless you see earbuds on the participants and realize they’re all listening to an unseen leader. That’s how Christ’s ekklesia works. The invisible Jesus wants to directly communicate with and direct each individual in the assembly.

I get it. “There’s no perfect church,” but there is a perfect Shepherd. Maybe Christians should meet under the direct leadership of the risen Jesus — the “Great Shepherd of the Sheep.” A group that welcomes the unseen Jesus experience amazing power and transformation.

Not seeing is deceiving. Refusing to honestly look at truth that we don’t want to hear causes many lies to appear.

Almost all of the world is unseen by you, but it still exists and carries on. The same with God. The harder your heart the more difficult it is to embrace and bask in God’s invisible love for you. God isn’t unseen because He’s not there. He’s unseen because we close the eyes of our heart.

Experience is a cruel teacher. It’s much easier to learn from the unseen experience and wisdom of others.

What’s seen is
Fading from our sight.
But what’s unseen
Can carry us
Thru the night.

I was protected by the unseen:
Once I was running
Across a wide street
I thought was empty
When something unseen
Stopped me abruptly
Just before a car
Flew by within inches.

Compete joy?
Commandment keeping
Gradually refined
And purified
Through trials of many kinds
Isn’t intended to annoy
But to cultivate
And employ
A lifetime
Of alignment to
Christ’s glorious
Rivers of joy.
(Based on John 15:10-11 and James 1: 2-4.)

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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