by Eric Reeder
Founder and leader of RISEmovement
Alignment = arrange in appropriate relative positions; a position of agreement and alliance
Hebrews 9:10 - … until the time of reformation.
Greek word for reformation here is: diorthosis which means “to make straight or aligned”
Ezekiel 37:1-10 is all about alignment. It reveals how the breath of God brings things into its appropriate place for maximum contribution. When we see things, and even ourselves, in dry conditions and having minimal effect, we should investigate if there is proper alignment.
Ezekiel saw this valley of dry bones separated and out of alignment. The bones were dry and non-functioning. It is amazing to see these same bones standing and being an impacting force once the breath of God brought them into alignment.
Alignment is key to so many things. The planets are aligned properly, our homes are to be aligned as God prescribes, our spines need alignment for optimal health and mobility, a car needs aligned to drive well, an army must be aligned in mission and as a unit, and we all need the right alignment in relationships. Alignment speaks of agreement and contribution.
All of these examples provide insight to the importance of the agreement each part has to another and what each part does in relationship with another. Alignment is vital to anything with purpose and a requirement to function. In other words, life and progress happen from proper alignment.
Hebrews 9:10 is a unique verse in that it is the only place the word reformation is used in scripture. The book of Hebrews is so amazing in how it lays out the depth and scope of Christ’s supremacy over the old covenant. The author of Hebrews was presenting the gospel of the New/Better Covenant and how it supersedes and abolishes the Old. It is calling those of the Old Covenant and each generation forward to align with Christ and the New/Better Covenant He established. The Greek word diorthosis is the root word to the English word orthodontist. You can see the picture. We are called to be aligned and made straight in the work of Christ. It is amazing that the concept of alignment is used in the extremely vital requirement of being in Christ. It really puts weight on the understanding of alignment.
I think the modern Church has not emphasized alignment much because the view of the Church has been predominately a “sheep fold” instead of an ambassadorial army (Ecclesia / Matt 16:8). As long as sheep are within the fold or pasture, they are free to roam and go about as they please. They get to eat and sleep, but at the end of the day, not much progress or advancement is made. That gives us a picture of sheep just waiting for something to happen, and if they can just stay in the fold they will be ok. But God has called the Church to much more than wondering around, eating, sleeping, and waiting for another day. He has called us to restore ruined cities, disciple nations, and display His glory.
In order to advance in this assignment, we are required to adjust/reform from the disjointed, independent, roaming around way of Christianity. We must come into alignment with relationships, direction/vision, leadership, and understanding that will allow us to contribute in ways that cause advancement of His purposes. This brings dry, separated components into formation and to their feet as a glorious force of His Kingdom.
Generations must align, families must align, congregations must align, businesses must align, and leaders must align. Alignment brings order. Order brings power that overwhelms chaos. The absence of chaos provides a fertile place to thrive.
Eric Reeder is joined by other leaders of RISEmovement to reveal the heartbeat of The HOPE-filled Gospel.