I was visiting with a friend of mine on Monday. For the past several years he has played pick up basketball at the YMCA. He, being banged up from a few injuries and playing with a lot of guys half his age, was considering throwing in the towel on this weekly routine. God, however, redirected his steps. God opened his eyes to see that there was a group of men that gathered on that court each week that he was to continue to influence.
So, he took a big faith step and threw out the idea of doing a Bible study together after they played each week. Many of the guys enthusiastically received the idea and he has now been co-leading a Bible study each week since this past summer. It has gotten to the point now where they even circle up together right there on the court and pray. All of a sudden, because of one guy's intentional decision, God is beginning to redeem a gymnasium in the middle of the Woodlands for His kingdom. In this particular case, the YMCA is perhaps truly becoming the Young Men's Christian Association.
In Jeremiah 29, we have a letter written by the prophet Jeremiah to the Jewish people who had been deported into Babylon. He is challenging them as God's people in a pagan city. He says to them in verse 7, '7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.' As Christians, we are the salt of the earth, shaken out all over neighborhoods and communities to bring the flavor of God to the world. Through you and me, God is wanting to bring the blessing and wellfare of His presence to our city.
'Greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this City......' (from the song God of this city)