I am compelled to write this morning. I woke at 6am to the sound of one of my favorite speakers. Long story short, I needed to hear what he had to say. (you can listen to him here) And, I was then done for the night and got up.
The essence of the word was that through us, God can change a city. Even a country. We are so busy planning to be off in the Rapture that we are willing to leave millions behind. Billions!
Ask yourself, do you have a neighbor that you like? A kid that works the local corner market? Of course you do. Even if you live out in the sticks, there’s someone you know that doesn’t know Jesus.
But that’s not even the point. God doesn’t want even one person to lose out on Heaven. (2 Peter 3:9) But, we can’t go out into the world with Salvation “notches on our Bibles” in mind. It’s important that we spread the Gospel, but doing it just because Jesus said to do it might not be the best plan. I suppose if that’s your motivation, then better that than not doing it at all.
What if, though, we started seeking God for a better motivation. Maybe one like Jesus had when He went to the cross? Exhausted, the Word says that He had compassion on the multitudes. He preached about loving our enemies. He defended the guilty and sinful. He befriended the traitor. He embraced the diseased.
We often desire to “rebel” against the worldly ways of our society because it is so anti-Christian. We tend to want to emphasize that we do not agree with things like abortion, sexual trespasses, immoral financial manipulations, and so on. That all has it’s place and I’m on board with a godly stance. After all, Jesus was considered a rebel. But not for rebel’s sake.
We don’t have to compromise to love. And bringing our city to Jesus does not require that we tell everyone how messed up they are. Because, in reality, Jesus chooses to use messed up people. And, if you aren’t too messed up up before you go hard after God, you will be.
In the words of a man I truly respect, Bill Johnson, “Walk and pray.” We can go out and bring Jesus back to our cities. Imagine an organized group walking the streets of your city, DAILY, praying for a move of God in the hearts and minds of the people He made? Every section of town prayed over, every day. Wouldn’t that be something? What if…?