Saturday, November 19th, 2016 we’re thinking about how being a Kingdom Worker affects our city. The resources for today’s challenge are all here for you to engage in the place of our city that God has you:
KINGDOM WORK AFFECTS YOUR CITY
By Rachel Grindle
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
– Isaiah 58: 9b-12 (NIV)
Kingdom workers can affect their cities by refreshing them. To refresh something is to give it new strength or energy, and our cities need this right now. People are tired and weary and worn out. They are filled with fear and anxiety. They need a new strength that comes from Kingdom workers who embrace peace and love, joy and hope. Your city needs you to be like a spring whose waters never fail.
Beyond refreshing, cities are in need of repair. Things have been broken – some long before you were even born. There are systems and structures in place that breed poverty and injustice, and Kingdom workers are needed to fight against these things. To actively engage in repairing what has been torn down and broken is a significant way in which Kingdom workers can affect their cities.
Kingdom workers can also affect their cities by restoring them. People need to have their purpose and their dreams restored to them. The city needs to be seen as a place where people can flourish again, and that happens when Kingdom workers speak truth and love while living out their dreams and passions.
Where you live – the city you have been placed in – is where you can bring about the most change and transformation. Do not take your city, or your calling to be there, for granted. Recognize that God has you in your city for a purpose – to refresh, repair and restore.
Rachel Grindle is the senior director of CIY Engage. Learn how
you can train for a life of Kingdom work at ciy.com/engage.
KINGDOM WORKER CHALLENGE: kw7-challenge-city
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KINGDOM WORKER WORSHIP: Download the following resource for worship songs related to living out being a Kingdom Worker in your city: kw7-worship-city
KINGDOM WORKER AUDIO DEVOTIONAL: