Today – the Receiver.
A Receiver is the final destination of what the Source has to offer if all is working well.
Who is the Receiver of the perfect unity Jesus prayed for in John 17:23? I think it is fair to say that if we are not clear on who or what the Receiver is, we cannot solve a problem related to receiving something from the Source.
Likely for the first time in the history of civilization, I will now use shaving cream in the same sentence as theology.
Whenever I open a brand new can of shaving cream, all the moisturizers have settled to the bottom of the can. So even shaking it hard doesn’t mix well and what comes out to the Receiver – my face – is dry and tacky and does not do the job.
The Source of the shaving cream puts two fluids in a can that do not mix well. In this case, the Source is the problem because it has a large market share and does not really care about the Receiver’s razor burn.
Recently, I began buying a new can well in advance and sitting it on my shelf upside down. Presto! The moisturizers in the bottom slowly mix as they move toward the top of the can and the quality delivered to the Receiver is excellent.
So what does shaving cream have to do with Christian unity? Sometimes things have to be turned upside down in order for the Receiver to receive what he or she really needs.
Who is the Receiver of Christian unity? My book called Streamside will answer that in detail.
For now, watch here for how the other two elements of the model come into play!