Recently my wife and I were talking about how to solve big problems that would affect a city in a transformational way. As we continued in our conversation, Holy Spirit arrested me mid thought and in an instant, spoke very firmly to me about our responsibility in seeing the kingdom expressed in the fullest possible measure in our city and region. He spoke to me about a community of supernatural people who are free of competition and full of love. People who aren't afraid to take risk and who through intimacy and encounters with Him, have discovered His heart and in doing so, have discovered a blue print of heaven on earth. He called those people His disciples.
What kind of disciples is heaven looking for?
Making disciples is a fairly well accepted idea in the church. It's hard to get around it since Jesus actually commissioned us to do it (Matthew 28:19). But what kind of disciples is heaven looking for? What is a disciple's role at the city level? What do disciples believe? What is their world view? Below are some of my thoughts that I wrote down during the aforementioned encounter with Holy Spirit. I am on fire to see these things manifest. I hope you will be stirred by them as well.
Disciples are the ones who draw the line that says “enough is enough”. They decide where darkness does not encroach. They are the ones that determine health of the city, the influence of a region, and create the launching pad for the next generation.
Disciples should be supremely good at bringing the full expression of the kingdom of heaven into their city and region.
Disciples are not just zealots for personal salvation, but they are apostle-like in the sense they can carry and unpack the core values of heaven and distribute them into nations. Disciples make disciples, but disciples are also called to disciple nations.
Disciples should be supremely good at bringing the full expression of the kingdom of heaven into their city and region. They are carriers of The Voice for their city and articulators of heavens plans and agenda. They are free of competition and are uniquely equipped to empower others in their heaven on earth assignment. They are there to ensure that the fullness of the kingdom's potential is experienced by all, and that all are empowered to carry it’s experience.
What is your goal, build your church or see your city saved?
What is your goal, build your church or see your city saved? A lot of times it seems like we measure our success by the numbers we see on Sunday, or the buzz we get when something new is started. But the kingdom won’t be built by building anything where the goal is anything less than seeing your cities transformed and its identity in the kingdom come to life.
As kingdom builders, our core function is to bring an encounter with heaven to people where ever we go. To tell them what heaven thinks about them, and to let them know that when Jesus died, they were born change the world. We are declarers of heavenly dreams and ideas, dispensers of the things that Holy Spirit is saying right now. We are prophets of hope and restoration, apostles of redemption and transformation. Disciples who are called to disciple nations and in doing so, change the course of world history by putting His goodness and glory on open display in our cities and regions.