“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” [ Joel 2:28 (NIV)]
Have you not noticed, every revolutionary change begins with one man’s dream?
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream,
Steve Jobs had a dream,
Malala Yousafzai had a dream,
Aliko Dangote had a dream,
Nelson Mandela had a dream,
Coco Chanel had a dream,
Mark Zuckeberg had a dream,
And the list goes on!
All these people dreamt and accomplished great things that set them aside from the rest of the world.
As God’s children, it is important that we birth the dream that has been impregnated in our hearts by our Father through the Holy Spirit. Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”. Believe it or not this is our sole purpose on this earth. This is our Fathers dream! – To spread Christianity to every nook and cranny of the earth to prepare the way for his second coming.
Many people assume evangelism is only for ministers, missionaries and crusaders, which does not concern them whereas, this is not so! My belief is that God wants us to evangelise in whatever and wherever we’ve been placed. The scripture says “all the world”. As followers of Christ, we can evangelise through and in everything:
- The FRIENDSHIP world: by setting an example amongst your friends (believers and non-believers) and in relationships. Show them love regardless of their religious beliefs. Do not judge. We are not the standard. We all need grace!
- The COMMUNITY world: Be a blessing in your workplace, school, and neighbourhood, church and wherever you find yourself.
- The GOVERNMENT world: The government affects the whole culture of the nation therefore we need politicians, lawmakers and government officials that lead the country in the way of the Lord.
- The ENTERTAINMENT world: the entertainment industry is one of the fastest growing and the most influential industries today. It is a very powerful tool, which affects the culture of our society. Therefore we need artists, sportsmen/women, actors/actresses, producers, directors, designers and so on.
- The EDUCATION world: Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world ”. Through education you inspire a generation negatively or positively. Education administrators, teachers and counselors are all needed to be a part of this dream!
As Children of God, as dreamers, as trailblazers and as world changers we need to step out of the Church! Christianity is no good when it’s locked up within the four walls of the Church, we need to go out there and make an impact in our environment affecting every ‘world’ we find ourselves in. We need to infiltrate our society with Jesus’ culture.
BE THAT LIGHT THAT LEADS THE WAY
BE THAT LIGHT THAT ILLUMINATES
BE THE LIGHT THAT GIVES LIFE
LIGHT UP AND CONSUME DARKNESS!
***** This write up was inspired by a sermon I heard last Sunday (01/03) at Hope City Church, Sheffield by Dave Gilpin. The original message could be heard by downloading the TuneIn radio app. I recommend that everyone listens to this!
Thanks for reading this and I hope this inspires at least one person.
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