I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. ~ Jesus, John 17:22
That’s what she called it when she asked us to meet. The comfy room.
We, those who met in the comfy room, are the vision team for a Gospel Movement in our city. In that room today was this amazing mix of people: male, female, pastors, leaders, hispanic, african american and caucasian. We come from a broad spectrum of denominations and traditions; but have a deep understanding that we are all part of one Church.
We also have a deep understanding that we form a community with a commitment to stewarding this movement God has entrusted to us.
We met in the comfy room.
The comfy room is an intimate place in the congregation where I serve. It heats up nicely in the winter (which seems to be long this year), has nice lighting, several nice sofas and arm chairs. It is a comfy room. But it really isn’t the lighting, the walls or the furniture that makes the room comfy. It is the authentic community which is both expressed and experienced in that space that makes it comfy.
Each one in that room, in the pattern of Scripture, possesses great leadership gifts and callings which are expressed in a variety of ways and places. Each one in that room, the comfy room, walks in the authority of Christ’s anointing and the Spirit’s filling.
They made the room “the comfy room” today. We met to pray, debrief, evaluate & plan following up on an event we sponsored in response to God’s call for repentance and unity in the Church. This community I am privileged to be part of made the room comfy through how we are learning to be together.
This community on mission together, and filled of lots of personalities, was able to listen deeply to one another. We spoke passionately and prophetically to one another. We asked hard questions – some of which we can’t answer yet. We put relationships ahead of agendas. Sometimes, over time, we hurt one another and have to reconcile and pursue relationship all over again. We love one another and are learning to love one another better.
Sometimes we laugh and play and get off track. I think that is part of it, it knits us together.
Paul says this in Colossians 3:12-14 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
We met in the comfy room. But every room with this group of freaks is a comfy room.
Do you have an authentic community of people you meet in comfy rooms with?