A City United and Ignited
We dream of a city where the body of Christ is united and ignited! When the flames of two candles touch each other, there is more than twice the light. We dream of walls falling down that may separate or divide believers…We dream of a time of gathering together as a united force. We have the same Savior, the same enemy and the same call to the lost. How much more powerful are we together? We are all equal before Him, nothing without Him, and righteous in Christ.
It’s almost as if you can hear God’s heart beat when you see many people, very different people, gathered in the name of Jesus. There’s an energy that could fight off any darkness and unity that reflects God’s heart:
“His purpose was to create in himself ONE NEW HUMANITY…And in him you too are being BUILT TOGETHER to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Eph 2:15,22 NIV)
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for YOU ARE ALL ONE in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28 NIV)
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they MAY BE ONE as we are one.” (John 17:22 NLT)
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up ONE WHOLE BODY. So it is with the body of Christ….All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” (1st Corinthians 12:12,27 NLT)
God did not see things as they were, but how they could be. There was darkness, brokenness, sin and death and rather leaving it that way, He sent His perfect Son to die on the cross and be raised to life so that we may be righteous, blameless and reconciled to our Perfect and Loving Father. We were once far off, and He brought us near. In an act of amazing grace, He made us His sons and daughters. He opened our eyes to a new truth about who we are, and whose we are. He gave us a new family.
We dream the Holy Spirit blows through every inch of this city…that those who don’t know the joy of their salvation may grasp “together with all the Lord’s holy people… how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:17), that the “eyes of hearts may be enlightened…that we may know the hope to which he has called us.” (Ephesians 1:17) And that believers in this city will unite as the family He has made us…”you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9 NIV) We kneel with many others and dream that as a city we can unite and ignite in a way we never have before!
“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.” (Matthew 5:14 MSG)