Dream: It’s your birthright! (pt.1)

 

“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)]

 Everyone dreams!

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.

Leave your opinions and thoughts in the comment box below :).

                                        — OreO

 

 

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Servant King

I thought an important follow up to the Be Audacious post would be to really answer the question, ‘how do we reflect Christ??’ It’s one thing saying we’ll be audacious, but how? What exactly are we being audacious about?

The main thing to highlight here is that, being audacious doesn’t mean being defiant /rebels in foolish ways. Jesus is an amazing example of this. He was a living, breathing, incarnation of God’s spirit here on earth, yet he was a servant to his followers and fully committed to the Father’s will. He shows us the beauty of humility and the biblical importance of submission and keeping the peace.  In Mark 12:14-17 the Pharisees and Herodians tried to trap Jesus by asking, ‘Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Ceasar (the government) or not?’”  In his infinite wisdom, Jesus asked them to bring him a coin then said, “‘Whose image is this? And whose inscription?’  ‘Ceasar’s,’ they replied. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give back to Ceasar what is Ceasar’s and to God what is God’s.’ And they were amazed at him.” (#BOOM. How can we not love this Jesus?!)

The first thing that comes to mind when reading this verse is this, whose image is on me and you? Is it not our creator? The One who made us in his likeness- His signature is in our very DNA. We can see it in the way we all have the innate need to give and receive love, create communities (fellowship), and want to worship something. (Now, what/who we then choose to love, commune [with] and worship is a whole other story, due to free will). But the point here is, we are to give to authority on earth what belongs to it AND give to God what belongs to Him (ourselves). Jesus makes it clear in verse 17, that we are to obey man’s law except when it conflict’s with God’s law. God’s law is his will and his will is in his word. Following his will in spite of earthly custom is how we are audacious. It’s how we reflect Christ, and the image stamped on us. We need to be bold in declaring God’s word with our lives, but also humble in keeping the peace and serving, just as our Jesus served.

As Christians, do our very lives proclaim who we serve? There’s a quote that hits home every time when it comes to this topic and it’s this: “The single greatest cause of atheism today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny him  by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” – Brennan Mannig 

My prayer is that the world sees Jesus in everything we do. That our actions match our words, and that God helps us to reflect His light and love.

We need to walk our talk.

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Back to my previous excitement, how can we not love our #servantking?! Use that hashtag on twitter alongside #worldlight or #walkthetalk to share your thoughts.

We’ve received some interest from people who want to be World Light blog contributors. Working on a line up! Interested too? Send an email to theworldlightmovement@outlook.com with your ideas x

@nuellaswords

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Bible Study

-Mark 1:40-44 – Jesus heals a man with leprosy then instructs him to go to the temple priest and offer the sacrifice the law demands for thanksgiving
-Luke 2:51- Jesus was obedient to his parents (though he created them!)

We Engage Culture for Jesus

This message by Lecrae pretty much sums up everything the World Light Movement is about, and the vision for its impact in Lagos and the rest of our country.

In a nutshell, Lecrae stresses that as Christians, we need to be cultivators! We need to take the things that are in our world and create honourable things for God. Are we still living in a secular vs sacred divide? Where we’re Holy on Sunday and opposite the rest of the week? Where we don’t know how to view our world through a biblical lens? This fractured approach to life prevents us from impacting the world and being light. As already said in the previous post, we need to be audacious and demonstrate what redemption has done for us, to the world. The three step model set out in the video is apt in describing how WLM also wants to go about impacting our culture:

1) Engage the culture– this is the act of knowing the people; knowing the values, and ideals. Being able to speak the language and culturally contextualise. Be genuinely interested in the people around you and engage them with Christ.

2)Love the people in the culture– people are not projects, they are souls that matter. Reflect Christ’s holy love to the world. Connect with people.

3)Rehabilitate the culture– paint a picture of what it looks like when Jesus radically changes people. This is our light. Build, serve, be involved in the care of our city and the world at large.

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Our mission is to show this country a radically different picture. To show what it really looks like to live under the Lordship of Jesus. To move away from a fractured and religious vs secular worldview, to a radical, relevant and Christ-like culture. Ultimately, to see more connections with God and more transformations in people’s lives.

I hope this gives some clarity on the vision for WLM. To be a part of it, send an email to theworldlightmovement@outlook.com and we will respond with more information on how you can make an impact.

thanks for reading and do watch the video to be blessed and inspired by Lecrae’s message!
– @nuellaswords

Be Audacious

When I hear the word ‘audacious’ I think ‘shock, scandal, sharp intake of breath-hand over mouth’. Indeed, the Oxford dictionary defines audacious as ‘showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks’. What stands out for me, is the element of surprise, and surprise denotes a departure from the norm. It’s easy to see what the norms in our society are, by examining what everyone does. You will notice a trend and common denominator, indications of what is acceptable in our culture. It’s funny how many young people for instance, do the exact same thing (e.g. weed, get wasted) and somehow believe they’re ‘badass’ or rebellious. That behaviour isn’t necessarily rebellious; it’s simply doing what everyone else does and perceives as ‘cool’.

But how about a pure life? A life dedicated to the living God?

What I love a lot about the Bible, in particular the New Testament commandments and the life of Jesus, is how audacious it all is. Jesus went against all that was ‘culturally normal’ at the time. He broke the rules, for the cause of His Father. In John 4 v 7-10 Jesus asks a Samaritan woman for a drink at the well. You might be thinking wow, great… doesn’t sound too shocking though. But verse 9 makes it clear what the shock factor was: ‘The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans).’ Here, Jesus interacted not only with a Samaritan, but also a woman (in public), which was unacceptable at the time. Yet he ignored social convention, in the process showing the grace of God and introducing her to the living water (v 10). Fast-forward some years later, and you find the early Christians being persecuted and brutally killed for the sheer audacity of their faith. They went against norms as simple yet fundamental as making sacrifices to the Roman gods- sending ripples around the empire. Wow. Can you imagine the level of passion and courage these men and women had, to risk being killed (fed to lions, etc) for their love for Jesus?

This, and all the acts of Jesus and his disciples, should challenge us about the lives we live as Christians today. Are we too comfortable? Do we fit into society too easily? Stepping outside of cultural norms requires boldness. Ministering to people means stepping outside of the comfort zone and ‘meeting them at their well.’ Being a Jesus follower needs a level of audacity in this world. We can’t follow Jesus and conform to the world’s culture at the same time. It doesn’t work! To be light, you can’t be afraid to look different. We live in an increasingly self absorbed and self-conscious culture, so you’ll be surprised at how much this holds people back. It’s all about the image these days.

What we need, is for more people to take hold of their identity in Christ, and and make that their image. Yes, you can divert your passion, creativity, time, voice, social media platforms to loving God, loving the ‘unlovable’, and sharing Jesus. Don’t be afraid to show who your Lord is..who you’re on fire for. Don’t shy away from going against the grain, surrendering to and living for Him. We need to be bold to see a real movement of God in our city, and country. Christ is our light, and to shine that light in a dark world, we need to be audacious.

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Hashtag #worldlight and #beaudacious on twitter to share your thoughts on this post. Also, follow @worldlightmvmt to be up to date on the blog posts. If you are based in Lagos and are interested in being a part of the WorldLight Movement send an email to theworldlightmovement@outlook.com with your ideas and questions or how you’d like to contribute to the blog. Alternatively, you can use the contact form below.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
– @nuellaswords

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Bible Study (for more on this topic)