Dreams that Shape the City / Week 5

BIBLE READING

Matthew 25: 34-40

‘Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”

‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

REFLECTION

‘When God’s dreams align with our worship and obedience, miracles can be expected.’  This was my thought on Sunday morning as I watched people stream forward to give their offerings towards our new Compassion Centre.  In the midst of an incredible celebration led by Martin Smith, our singing overflowed into generosity, sacrifice and commitment to Jesus and His Kingdom.  We were inspired by the great anthem ‘Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?’ which has this refrain:

And we can see that God You're moving,

A mighty river through the nations,

When young and old will turn to Jesus…..

That is our greatest desire.  That every person in our community would experience for themselves the life transforming power of the Gospel.  That is why we show up and serve and give – week after week.  It’s not just about loving our church.  It’s about loving those who have not yet walked through the doors our church - people who desperately need hope and healing; men and women starving, not just for food, but for meaning and purpose; children growing up understanding that their identity and worth are decided by their Father and not defined by the media; businesses becoming both profitable and prophetic; people finding employment and families experiencing enjoyment; communities thriving and despair subsiding; broken lives restored and Jesus wonderfully adored. 

Thank you so much to all who gave whatever amount, big or small, so that God’s dream and ours can become a reality.

A HUGE thank-you also to each person who made our ‘Illuminate’ women’s conference such an incredible event.  Over one thousand attendees were immensely blessed and encouraged, not just by the worship and teaching, but through the welcome, kindness and care demonstrated by our volunteers.  You personified what it means to ‘Hope, Rise, Run'!

Take some time to reflect today on the incredible privilege of partnering with Jesus in seeing the ‘works He has prepared in advance’ for our city becoming a reality before our eyes.