I often write about people who I have interacted with that may be battling addiction, accused of crimes or locked up. The stories are really never about them, though, they are about the Truth which is revealed through them. That Truth is applicable at every level of society. The only difference between the addict or convict and the suburban church goer is the transparency of Truth in the broken. Church folks are just as jacked up as the outcast more often than not, but they hide it really, really well in most cases.
Conferences, sermons and CD’s are where information can be shared to tempt the listener to come further into the Truth which they are presumably seeking by being there in the first place. The problem is when the seeker thinks that the destination is the message shared by the speaker. When the message becomes the destination, the sacrifice is one of inheritance.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to search out a matter” (Prov. 25:2). Kings seek out the concealed matters. They chase and they find. They walk in their Royalty through glimpses of the One who makes them Royal.
There can’t be satisfaction with seconds when the available banquet is fresh and abundant. Leftovers are not a Kingdom course. The glory of kings is in the freshness and intimacy of a concealed matter becoming revealed to the king. The king is a king because the King makes it so. The extent to which the king receives his royal inheritance is dependant on the pursuit of the matters of the King.
That revelation is likely never more vibrant than in the broken. Certainly the presence of God is available in the gathering of His church but the concealed matters of the Kingdom are in the places where Jesus says He would be. He said that when we feed the hungry, clothe the naked and serve those that are imprisoned He will be there. “In as much as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it unto Me.” What better place to find the matters which He conceals than to go to the places and people whom He said were manifestations of Him?