Moving On [A Prophetic Vision for GR]
in these last days…
“’AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS (Acts 2.17 NASB).’”
a Friday morning run on the West-Side…
Yesterday, after a very busy week, I really wanted to have a nice relaxing “pajama Friday” working from my home office. But, I’ve also recently been making a genuine effort to get back into working out regularly. Because, (though I didn’t believe it at 30) what everyone says about it being harder and harder to loose weight as you get older is painfully true. So, I (somewhat conflicted) suited up for a morning jog, turned on the David Crowder Band’s “Essential Collection”, started my Run Keeper app, and hit the sidewalk.
It’s strangely easy to forget how beautiful a morning run can be, with the sun coming up, the music turned up loud, and no one but me and Jesus. As I was pounding along, I remembered one day in the Summer of 2012 as we were preparing to plant DCC. Somehow or other, I had gotten it in my heart that God would “give me” anywhere the soul of my foot would tread and that he was looking to “expand my territory”. (Incidentally, I’m using quotation marks because I need you to understand that some of this terminology is metaphoric and that I don’t actually believe that anything is MINE or belongs to me. I mean to say merely that God was speaking to me about expanding my personal influence and the vision that I had for the platforms in which he’s placed me. But, I digress…) At the time, I was in much better shape than I am now and was used to running 5 miles at a time with ease. So, I suited up, turned on the music, started my Run Keeper app, and set out to run a circuit which touched the entire Grand River valley from Covell to Union. I did make it – barely. And, I think at the end my GPS had clocked about 9+ miles. But, weary as I was, rubber legs and all, I was resolved that God would expand my personal influence to impact the entire city.
Fast forward to now, He has done just that. Though, in a far different way than I ever expected and in a greater capacity than I ever could have calculated. I’m so blessed to be serving the family of DCC alongside such a great leadership team. And, I’m constantly amazed at the platform that the Lord has given us together to impact the city of Grand Rapids and beyond. Now, it may sound like I am thinking highly of myself or whatever. But, criticize, mock and scoff if you’d like. I’ve just gotten over the pretense of the false humility which tries to downplay the great and amazing things that God wants to do in us and through us. And I would love to see that wave of freedom grip the body of Christ in GR, as it would unshackle us from the crippling bonds of the religious pride which tries to say that we’re insignificant and unimportant.
- God says you’re significant and important. So much so, that He made you a participator in His nature and a partner in His Kingdom agenda.
a prophetic vision for GR…
Anyway, let’s get back to Friday’s run. As I was coming down Lake Michigan Drive from Covell, my heart was just pouring out worship to the Lord. I was running down the hill, punching in the air, leaping with my arms up, pointing and shouting along with the lyrics of the song playing in my ears. (I must have looked like such a fool. But then, respectability is something I gave up some time ago.) Then all of a sudden, as the trees cleared and I saw downtown in the fresh sunlight with the haze of the morning clinging to the tops of the buildings, the glory of the Lord overwhelmed me and took my breath away (which can be kind of a problem when you’re 50 pounds overweight and trying to run). I felt as though the Lord was telling me that the haze represented His glory and in that moment, He confirmed the deep longing of my heart – that He was bringing revival to the city of Grand Rapids. But more so, that this revival will send ripples which will reach and impact the State and beyond. I don’t know if I was crying, gasping for breath, both, or what else – but, wow – what a great moment.
This week, Jamie and I sold our home and bought a new one. We’re excited to move, excited for more space and a different setting. We’re excited to start a new chapter in our family’s history and to write new memories on the pages of our life’s story. But along with all of that, I believe that our move is representative of a shift in our spiritual vision – a shift which broadens the scope of our impact and allows us to think and dream bigger than we ever have before. The further I get down this journey, the more aware I become of the vital importance of our willingness and participation with the Lord’s agenda. For us now, it’s important that we’re willing to be moved, uprooted, and replanted, both physically and spiritually. But more so, it’s vastly important that we’re willing to get over ourselves and our feeble understanding of the amazing impact that the Lord wants to achieve in us and through us.
So, to you my friends I say,
Let us continue to rise up and meet the high calling that the Lord has placed on us to be Salt and Light – agents of transformation bringing revival to this city and beyond. But remember, that revival begins in us first. We are merely carriers, vessels of the LIFE of Jesus and the glory of God. He is calling us align our hearts with His. And as such, the deeper we go in our personal transformation, the greater our Kingdom impact will be in the world around us.