Thriving Culture is the official site for John & Amy Meyer. We are a supply hub for products and messages centered around Heaven’s blueprints for our lives; which include identity, culture, calling, and freedom.
It’s vital that we understand our identity in Christ. Although we get the “full package” at the new birth in him, many of us don’t quite grasp this understanding overnight. It’s more like we have awakenings or “epiphany’s” along our path that helps us to receive the enormity of who he is and who we are in light of him. This revelation can take awhile for some; thus the need to remain pliable in His hands. This is what religion cannot do. Only relationship can give us our true freedom to remain thriving in our own individual culture as well as society. We were made to thrive in every area of life, and Christ has paid the ultimate price so we can thrive wherever we go.
While some believers have gone down many abstract “bunny trails” with their faith, we believe we should remain in Christ’s Camp…forever. Too many times we have heard people tell us they are sick and tired of all the strange things happening in religion and they are returning to The Bible and Christ (Like we should have left there to begin with.) Believers are leaving the esoterically-weird and returning to their first love. That is what we are about. We are not about to leave Christ and wander off on some fleshly mixture or tingly tangent, just because religion has poisoned the well of many souls and has left them wandering around looking for something more “fulfilling” outside of Christ. We must always remember, religion hurts people, Christ doesn’t. And because he is the very substance of love, there is never a need to go looking elsewhere.
Colossians 1: 16-17 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
We firmly believe that all matters pertaining to life are found in the crucifixion, resurrection, and one-ness in Christ. Not only that, He gave us a priceless gift by introducing us to the Holy Spirit! He is the ultimate trail guide for our life! No one knows us and this journey with all it’s hills, valleys, back roads and doorways, the way he does.
A word about Systems and Hierarchy
Yes, we went there 🙂 When it comes to pyramid schemes, corporate hierarchy, top-down structures, and one-man shows, we believe that Jesus was very clear in what he thought and still thinks about these things.
Much of society in the modern world is based upon what we call a pyramid structure or a “corporate ladder” kind of system. Both of them lead to the same place; the top. Basically, one or two people are positioned at the top of that pyramid structure, while everyone else is positioned underneath that structure. The problem with this kind of system is that it’s a complex one, because everyone is stationed on a different level or playing field. Unfortunately, this is what we see in much of the religious world as well. Many believers have the belief that they too are required to climb up some kind of pyramidal ladder in order to be utilized by God in greater ways. This kind of thinking only winds up in frustration, confusion, exhaustion, striving and eventual decay.
Flipping the Pyramid
We believe that pyramid structures have no place within the global church body. We believe in what we like to call “Flipping the Pyramid” Theology. Picture a pyramid flipped upside down onto its top. Automatically a V will appear. We no longer see a top down structure, where things can easily slide down the sides. What we begin to see with the flipped pyramid is a vessel that can be filled up and contain what it receives.
The V in our view stands for several things, but one of the most important is the “V” standing for VICTORY. Christ has already won, he has given us the victory in all things. It’s also symbolic of a pair of arms raised in the air giving God the glory. The V is an important factor when joining hands with others. It symbolizes a strength and help in bracing the arms of our fellow man as we stand together. In other words, you really can’t be standing on top of a pyramid as a leader and expect to hold high the hands of others while looking down upon them. When one is standing on top looking down, they will always cause others to have to look up while they are standing over them, rather than having the opportunity to look one another directly in the eye as they stand next to each other on equal ground in humility. And lastly, but certainly one of the most important things, is Value. The V stands for valuing and preferring others before ourselves. Christ came to serve, not to be served. Whenever we embrace a “Serve me” mentality, value quickly diminishes and ego takes the lead.
Picture the arms of Moses being held up by Aaron and Hur to win the battle.
Exodus 17:10-13 NLT So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.
While many well-meaning leaders in The Body of Christ operate from a Senior Pastor type leadership with others working “Under” them, we believe it’s not the most effective way to lead. Only when leaders take the low road in humility and lead from among others, will they discover the increase of influence begin to happen in their lives. When a leader takes the view that they desire to serve others first, it’s an automatic that others will want to follow them. While we agree there are five-fold gifts in The Body of Christ today, we do not hold the view they are to be positioned as titles alone, nor are they above anyone else in value. Leaders may have more responsibility in many cases, but that simply means they are to love more, serve more and honor more. In other words, the big question in the room is, where is the humility meter when it comes to taking on the responsibility of leading others into wholeness?
Take a look at how Christ spoke to hierarchy…
Matthew 20:24-28 NLT When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 23:8-12 NLT “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
1 Corinthians chapter 12 we see that love is the more excellent way. It’s more excellent than position, title, status, or gifting. We believe in gifting, but we believe that without a humble attitude amongst leadership, those gifts will come with strings attached. Gifts are not the supreme focus, Christ is, and when Christ is, His calling will release those gifts where that calling leads. Love will be goal through the gift and love is what ultimately changes lives.
For thousands of years man has tried to rule over his fellow man. From the Tower of Babel, to The Children of Israel crying out for a king to rule over them, to the Disciples fighting over who would be the greatest, these matters of the soul are present in every human being. It’s called E.G.O. Edging. God. Out. of our lives in order to make room for the supremacy of pride to rule the day. This is why God is constantly dealing with us in the area of identity. You see, if a person really understands the power of pride and ego within their own makeup, then they understand just how important genuine humility is.
Spiritual hierarchy takes certain scriptures and twists them to fit it’s appetite for power. I mean, think about this for a moment; every person on the planet knows in their spirit that God is Love. Some may not acknowledge it to the point of decision, but nonetheless, every spirit knows it to be true at some level. Scripture also states that Love is the highest goal. Given this simplistic understanding that if love is the “It” factor in our relationship with God and one another, then why do we continue to seek power over one another? The answer is simple, yet challenging.
The fallen condition
When Adam and Eve chose to leave the heavenly bliss of life in the spirit, to one of fleshly intellect, they became naked and ashamed. Life prior to their “apple indulgence” was one of absolute peace, joy, acceptance and agape. There wasn’t a need to go looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places, because they had zero need or want for anything outside of Papa God. Once they chose to leave the safety of love and reach for provision from the natural realm, they discovered the power of EGO and the disappointment of striving. They now had to sweat it out, fighting for everything they would have need of. This is how hierarchal mentality weaves its way into the mind and soul of people. In other words, if you’re an orphan without the peace of anyone taking care of you, then you’ll fight for everything you need. If this means stepping on others to get what you want in life, then you will eventually set yourself up to be positioned at the top of the pyramid called hierarchy.
Orphans fight for their stuff through loss. Sons and Daughters receive their stuff through acceptance.
We believe there is no such thing as hierarchy inside the fabric of love. God is God, and we don’t argue with that. We celebrate the fact that He owns it all, and when it comes to The Body of Christ, He is The Head and will always be The Body. We are the rest of His extension from the neck down. That means we all get to enjoy an equal playing field, living, moving and having our being as one in His Body.
But what about authority and responsibility?
Do some believers have more responsibility in The body of Christ? Sure, but again, EGO is a powerful thing in the hands of someone who hasn’t yet dealt with the “fight for supremacy” in their soul.