Do you love your city?
"When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. 'This is a remote place,' they said, 'and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.' But he answered, 'You give them something to eat.'” Mark 6:34-37 (NIV)
This week, Pastor Eli Nelson kicked off the new series, “Here for It”. What does Pastor Eli mean by this phrase? What Pastor Eli is referring to is the most dangerous prayer a person can pray – “Here is a problem. Here I am. Send me.” Additionally, Pastor Eli emphasized that we should love our city - Omaha. When we are here for it, we are here and ready to bring revival to the city of Omaha.
People are not the problem.
Do we expect people to behave before they every come into the House of God? Do we try to change them before or when they start coming to church? Do we tell ourselves: “If I can just get away from the responsibility and what God has trusted me with, I can get some rest.” The Apostles were hungry, tired, and thinking of themselves. That is why they were wanting to send people home in Mark 6:35-36. That is a mindset we need to break. God will always call you to something uncomfortable so you can grow and then carry what He has for you.
This city is not a problem to fix, but a people to feed.
If we think people are the problem, then we will try to escape them instead of feed them. Whether it be holding a welcome sign, brewing a pot of coffee, or parking cars, it can be done in the name of the Lord. You are not even doing for the unsaved person, it doesn’t start with them. If that is the case, we feel like we need to change them or that we are the one changing them. It starts with Jesus. Only the Holy Spirit can change a heart, not us. Fulfillment come from walking in your purpose, not just seeking opportunity. When walking in your purpose, God-opportunities will come. If you put your faith in a person, you will be disappointed. Put your faith in Jesus.
"Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand." Mark 6:39-44 (NIV)
You feed them.
We can't wait on anyone else. Jesus commissioned us to go out into the world. People aren't the problem. They are a possibility. It is possible for every person to know Jesus. Open your eyes to see the possibilities of what God wants to do through you here. As long as there is a need, God is ready to fill it. Don't curse where God has placed you.
"Your greatest ability is your availability." ~ Pastor Eli Nelson
Structure creates something that God can fill and use. Structure creates vessels to use. Are you available to be used by God? Can you be available for God to feed the people in this city? Everyone has something to give.
We are ordinary people for God to do the extraordinary through.
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