Can a City Be Transformed?
“All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.” (emphasis mine Acts 9:35).
Can an entire city be transformed for Jesus Christ? The book of Acts reveals that at least one city was. There are four key ingredients required among its Christian leaders to see a city transformed. These include prayer, humility, unity, and knowledge of God’s ways.
In every city in which transformation has taken place, believers have come together to pray for their city. Prayer changes the spiritual climate of a city. Some of the main areas of influence that must be the focus of our prayers include churches and businesses; the legal, political, educational and medical fields; and the media/entertainment industry. Workplace leaders must be strategically aligned with intercessors to impact their city.
God uses men and women who recognize that they need each other and who do not seek glory for their work. “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way” (Ps. 25:9). The workplace leaders that God is using today care little about being in the limelight.
Jesus said, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23). God calls each of us individually and corporately to represent Christ to the world, but our independence, pride and egos often prevent us from becoming unified in the purposes of Christ.
Knowledge of God’s Ways
Sometimes leaders can move in presumption instead of in a faith that is rooted in knowledge of God’s ways. Such was the case of David, who wanted to bring the Ark of the Covenant into the city of Jerusalem. He was zealous for God and celebrated as he brought the Ark into the city. However, the ark was being carried into the city on a cart instead of by priests on poles, as God required. When a man named Uzzah reached out to catch the Ark when the oxen stumbled, he was immediately struck dead by God. David was devastated. He lacked a knowledge of God’s ways.
Do you want to see your city transformed? Make sure the three ingredients of prayer, unity and knowledge of God’s ways exist in your leadership team.
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For reading & meditation: Hebrews 11:8-16
“‘ Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (v.16)
A good thing…Makes sense.