The year was 2008 and I was sitting in the basement of my home in Ohio having a cigarette (which I no longer do) and reading the Bible. I was reading the passage in the Book of Matthew about Jesus returning to Nazareth to do great and mighty works there, but what He found instead was opposition, doubt, and disapproval from His countrymen. They were belittling His ability based on what they thought they knew about Him; a carpenter’s son, the son of Mary, brother to mere commoners.
In response to their cynicism Jesus said “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” (Matthew 13:54-58) Those words practically leaped off the page when I read them and I clearly heard the Lord speak to me saying “I want you to move from here.” I was shocked when I heard His voice, but I knew it was Him and I knew He was speaking to me through this Scripture. Up to this point I was filling myself with all knowledge of Scripture, Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit but I was still unsure of it all. I was very inspired by His Spirit, I received many revelations and Ramah words, I was eagerly pursuing His kingdom, but I was also safely tucked away at home. I was not involved in a church and I was not sharing my faith with anyone. This encounter with the Lord really jarred me.
A lot has taken place since that June afternoon in my basement and it has all brought me here to this time; the good, the bad, and the ugly. It took 4 years to sell our house. It was so very difficult during those years to understand all that was happening. My husband was skeptical of what I was saying especially when year 2 and 3 came and went. Heck, even I thought maybe I had gone mad. But I couldn’t shake the experience. I knew I had an encounter with God and I was not going to back down from that. The more questions my husband had the fewer answers I had for him. We had many days of doubt but I can honestly say I never doubted God. I always doubted my ability to hear and understand.
I knew once God had called me that there was going to be a time of preparation and that’s how One Family Under God was conceived. God was filling me with a lot of knowledge and wisdom and at times I felt I was going to burst at the seams. He was laying the foundation for One Family and showing me what it meant to be “one family under God.” This ministry is not just a Facebook page or WordPress blog created and crafted by me. It’s an ordained spiritual outlet dedicated to Jesus and founded on the tenets of Jesus as Head of the Church.
Paul very beautifully and artfully explains that we the believers are “collectively” and “individually” the body of Christ. He brilliantly illustrates this concept by using our own bodies as an example. (I Cor. 12:13-27) To paraphrase, I am made up of individual parts that collectively come together to make my one body. My hands are a part of my collective body but they have their own individual purpose. Same with my eyes. They are a part of my collective body, but they do not function as my hands do. My eyes are not my hands and my hands are not my eyes, but together they accomplish unity in my person. One Family Under God is founded on that same principle. We all come from varied backgrounds in life, we all have skills and abilities that differ, we all have insight and understanding of spiritual things, but when we bring our individualism together for the sake of Christ we become one body; His “collective” body! Praise God!
In keeping with Christ as the center of our unity I have taken the Pledge of Allegiance of America and fashioned it into a creed for One Family Under God. Perhaps you have already seen in on the Facebook Page or this blog?
We pledge allegiance to the Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth and to the Church for which it stands, One Family, Under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
Now that I have been inspired to revive this blog I am looking forward to sharing what God has imparted to me and the tenets of bonding many into One. I hope you will continue on this journey with me. Blessings – Kellie