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“The wind blows wherever it pleases…so it is with EVERYONE born of the Spirit…”

It’s a haunting verse. It reminds me that those immersed in His presence live uncontainable, dare I say, uncontrollable lives.  As a church leader, it reminds me that it is not my church, these are not my people, therefore their primary loyalty is not to church activity. These are not merely supportive servants assigned by God to strengthen my vision or support church expansion. They are scattered servants; under the influence of the Spirit they show up wherever they please and bring life to everyone they meet. 

“The wind blows wherever it pleases…so it is with EVERYONE born of the Spirit…”

It’s a comforting verse. It awakens me to the possibility that everyone can be part of the divine movement. As I read I remember that God is doing more through the movement of His people than I can imagine. It encourages me that His kingdom advances through servants not experts. It reassures me the kingdom is so much more expansive than our services. As a leader it invites me to unleash the power of everyone, everywhere, everyday; moving people beyond church into a movement that brings life.

“The wind blows wherever it pleases…so it is with EVERYONE born of the Spirit…”

My friend Phil and his team were in a local school helping with the RE lesson. As they unpacked scripture with the students, one of the kids declared "I just don’t believe it."  Phil probed a little. "What would it take for you to believe that the stuff written in this book was true?” She replied, “I'll believe it when I see it.” Ordinarily her argument suffices. However, she didn’t know Phil was a kingdom carrier and therefore excited at the prospect of demonstrating the kingdom.

"Is there anyone here in pain?" He asked. Silence followed. "There is someone here, you have pain in your back. God wants to heal you right now."  Reluctantly, one of the students responded. Phil explained how back pain is often caused by misalignment of the spine and often rectified through growing the leg. Turning to the person who had raised the earlier objection, he said “do you want to see a leg grow?”

He then spoke to the leg... And the leg grew…and the spine was healed

Afterwards Phil invited the kids who had witnessed the kingdom to encounter the King. Six of them did. Including one young girl who now believed because she had seen. 

It probably never crossed Phil’s mind the story could have ended differently.  It certainly crossed mine. Aside from potentially disappointing the kids, we could have lost our relationship with the school.  The safe option is to leave “that stuff” until after class. The safe option is only to do things with permission. Had Phil asked for my wisdom, I would have counselled him to handle the moment differently.

Thankfully he didn’t ask.  

“The wind blows wherever it pleases…so it is with EVERYONE born of the Spirit…”

Scattered servants like Phil need to be entrusted and empowered by leaders to take risks and make mistakes. It's difficult to help people realise God trusts them if we don’t trust them. It's hard for them to see themselves as sons/daughters with their own inheritance, if we treat them as servants. Scattered servants need entrustment if they are to be empowered. Granted, sometimes the release increases the mess; sometimes there seems to be more failure than favour. However it's impossible to release people without raising the bar of risk. It's impossible to raise up safe scattered servants. 

“The wind blows wherever it pleases…"