Recently I was with a group of Christian businessmen, celebrating with them the life of God that was flowing to one of their products. It was a special time since “Fred” had been carrying this vision for years and was now riding the wave of God’s favor.
In an attempt to affirm the work of God in his business and to celebrate that he was so on track, I shared with the group some of what God had been saying to me in the last year about his product/tagline/brand.
Fred got it. Tears came to his eyes and he exulted over the confirmation that his wild idea was being validated by God through an independent source – me – when I had not been walking with him through his long journey.
However, others in the group saw me as a threat. There was an instant disruption and a volley of questions to him about whether his lawyers had adequately trademarked his key terms so no one else – namely me – could use them.
He tamped down the ruckus as best he could, pointing out that the terms have been in use by other businesses before he choose those word pictures, but that yes, his lawyers had secured most rights to them in the areas of greatest financial import.
I left there saddened by the fear-based reaction and the avarice of his friends, seeking to protect him from a threat that does not exist, but brushed it aside. Nonsense like this is common these days. I move on quickly.
Over the course of the last week, God brought a number of different things into focus to show that our ancient nemesis has raised its head again. This was not just fear and avarice, it was jealousy. The fact that they did not have a monopoly on the grace of God was threatening to them.
As I have looked back at the recent past, there has been quite a spike in spiritual leaders coming out against me in public, seeking to protect their followers from me.
All I can say is that their fear-based response is absurd. Here is my position in the Body of Christ.
-Our written, official company metrics include the following:
“The Kingdom sequence is: receive from God, convert the raw material into a better form, then give it back to Him. We own NOTHING: not relationships, not ideas, not market share, not reputation, not family. NOTHING. EVER. We only hold things in trust for a season, for the King. No matter if it costs us our life to acquire something, it is still not ours, not even for a moment.”
-We see every relationship as temporary. God assigns people to me for me to serve for a season while they drink out of our stream, but we do not have enough wisdom to fully meet the needs of any single person, therefore it is the most logical, proper thing for them to leave at some point and go elsewhere for the next chapter of growth. This applies to our employees as well. Whether someone walks with us for a day or a decade, they are never “ours.”
-We are NOT exclusive. We delight in everyone who runs with us for a season also drinking from other streams. We do not limit access of any person to any ideas or organizations. The world is our playing field, and we rejoice at those who are diverse in their experience in the Body of Christ.
-We use the term “our tribe” without control. As I have described elsewhere, this means the people who God has assigned to us, who also choose to walk with us for a season. My role in “our tribe” is to serve those whom God gives me, not to recruit them, count them, use them or gain legitimacy from them. My focus is on my responsibilities, not my rights.
-My passion is to see the Body of Christ grow in every way possible. I rejoice over every sign of the life of God anywhere in the world. I am absolutely sure there is enough blessing from God to go around, and I am never diminished by God’s generosity to other people or ministries.
That is our position and our reality. However, the enemy is creating a non-reality based on individuals and groups coming into agreement with lies.
God lined up a series of events this morning to reveal that the result of the jealousy coming against us is that our websites have begun to stink and the life that flows from us is perceived as death. This is nothing less than the Egyptian Curse coming back, where things are upside down and backward.
If you believe that I am a threat to the Body of Christ, then please write me and share your concerns with me as Scripture dictates. If you feel that our teachings and my values and my behavior bring life to the Body of Christ, then I invite you to push back against the Egyptian Curse and the spirit of jealousy and establish the fragrance of life, not death over us.
Below is a sample prayer relative to this current situation, as well as a link to our original teaching on the spirit of jealousy.
Thank you for joining me in turning things right side up again.
Copyright March 2016 by Arthur Burk
From the Hub, on a Saturday morning