Saturday, March 5, 2011

Altars and Leaving... "The Bubble"

The end of our 2nd year at Charis Bible College is quickly approaching.  We are on the horizon of something new. Something exciting.  But also something unfamiliar- a new, nameless adventure.  And along with thoughts of all the wonderful things God is going to do through us, there are moments of questioning...pangs of fear.

There is a 3rd year at CBC, and there are even talks of starting a 4th year program.  We really sought God on if He wanted us to continue on to the 3rd year.  We wanted to perhaps do our 3rd year over seas- in England or Ireland.  However, over the last several weeks we know that is not what we are called to (at least not for the next season). I saw a good friend at church last Sunday, and as we were talking, he said something that started my wheels turning...

He believes he is going to continue going to Charis and do the 3rd year.  But to truly understand our conversation you must be told about...."The Bubble".
{This is some super inside information people!}

"The Bubble": what the students refer to the positive, uplifting environment of being in bible college.  Many people forget about the "outside" world and all the ministry to be done when they are attending school and constantly being "fed" by all the teaching.

When 2nd year students are about to graduate, there is usually apprehension about leaving "The Bubble".  

Now, back to my friend.  As we were talking about "The Bubble" he brought up this verse.
This is in Matthew 17.  Jesus has just asked Peter who He was, and Peter reveals that He is The Christ. 

Starting in verse 1: "Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

Really, truly, I love Peter.  He was so real, so foolish, and yet such faith.  He was so enjoying what he was witnessing, he just wanted to stay there.  He wanted to bask in the glory all around him. Can you blame him?!?!

But instead of indulging Peter's request, after coming down from the mountain, Jesus rebuked a demon-possessed boy and healed him.

Do I believe that going to 3rd year at Charis Bible College is wrong or evil?  NO!  Of course not!  You should always follow the lead of the Holy Spirit above all things.  My only concern is the desire to stay because it is easier.  Safer.

In some ways I don't want to leave.  In other ways, I can't wait to go.  But I cannot stay here and build "altars" to Charis Bible College, or to Andrew Wommack.  Or to any other teacher or minister.  I must follow Jesus and heal the sick and hurting through his mighty and perfect leading.  No offense to Andrew, but if it is a choice between him and Jesus...I choose Jesus.  :)

I want to hear your thoughts~ what sort of "altars" do people build?  Feeling and thinking that it is the "right" thing to do, but missing the point entirely?

*Thank you to Joe for being my muse in this blog...your heart is a beautiful thing to behold.

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