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Heart of Elysia

…Is The Heart Of A Servant

John F. Kennedy once gave a very famous speech. In one section of it, he said,

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

Our president advanced the idea that we should seek to serve, rather than to be served. Truly, if everyone seeks to give from their heart, then everyone is blessed.

So it is with Elysia (The Tabernacles Center), when we seek to serve, everyone receives. To have the heart of a servant is what Jesus encouraged us to do, too.

Jesus says,

“But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:  And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.”

Mark 10:43,44

In order for Elysia to function smoothly, we must prefer one another above ourselves. While there should be an equitable division of responsibilities, what will cause us all to live well is each one of us having the attitude of a servant. Moreover, not just a servant of Christ, but a servant to all.

The Tabernacle Way

Elysia is our home. It is a place governed by the guiding principle of “Whatever is not of agape love, is not of God.” We seek each others’ well being before our own, thus everyone is preferred by someone. It is a place where our service, both to God and each other, affords us the opportunity to grow spiritually. As we experience what it is like to be Spirit-led in all things, we come to know Christ in deeper and more meaningful ways.

In reality, Elysia is like an updated idea of an open monastery, where those who visit do so because they wish to have a deeper experience with their Lord. Most people come for short stays, where they participate in daily life and learn from those who know the Tabernacle Way. Others may prefer to stay longer to work on their own walk before God. However, whether you stay a short or long time, we all agree that rolling up our sleeves and serving Christ in one another is a very good idea.

Our Mission is to articulate God’s love

Those who live at Elysia will dedicate themselves to the Tabernacle Vision. They will seek to help articulate God’s divine love to each other and the world around them. This can be through the morning or evening revelation, or through something as simple as mowing the lawn. The point is, that however you end up contributing, you maintain a servant’s heart so that we can all focus on what God is doing.

Moreover, people should not sell all they have and give it to Elysia. Individuals who live there should contribute, but they should also keep enough for themselves and for what they need for their future. I believe that having all things in common is not appropriate for the immediate future. Those who desire to should freely give, but not to the extent that they have nothing for themselves.

A laboratory of the Holy Spirit

Elysia is a laboratory for the Holy Spirit. It is a safe place to love and be loved. We gather together because the Holy Spirit has led us to be with one another. Sometimes that is for a short time and sometimes it is more permanent, but the focus is on growing into the fullness and stature of Christ through our experience.

While we promote loving one another, it is only as God leads. The line is whatever the Holy Spirit draws in any given circumstance. However, for those who are novices, there will be some rules and guidelines to observe until we see how well you handle God’s freedom. For instance, just because you might assert that you have a “revelation” to be with a certain woman, if she doesn’t agree, or feels pressured, we would have to ask you to refrain. We would expect you, out of agape love, to consider her feelings more than your own, and not pursue her.

The heart of Elysia

Christ in us is the heart of Elysia. To the extent that we allow Jesus to be seen in us and move through us we are successful. We are a demonstration of the world to come. When people walk through our gates, they pass from this world to a representation of the New Heavens and New Earth. That is the vision, and that is something worth putting our whole hearts into. Amen.

Big hugs and lots of love,


Come To The Quiet by John Michael Talbot