What comes to your mind when you hear the word, “city?” A lot of people equate city with sin and wickedness. It is true that crime and danger are more likely in a city, but that does not make the city more sinful than the rural communities. I am greatly encouraged by the resurgence of church planting and church activity within the cities of our country. I believe that if America is ever going to see another nation-wide revival it will have to start within the cities. Why? Culture is driven by the cities. If you can impact a city for Christ then you can impact the culture of the whole country. I believe God loves the city and wants to bring spiritual renewal to our cities in this country. I urge you to not look down or think less of the cities, but love the cities. Whatever city you are in, or close to, love that city and passionately seek God’s face for a revival in that city! Here are a few ways we can love our city:
Pray for your city. The first thing we as believers can do to love our city is to pray for it! Pray for the city leaders, officials, and all the people who make up that city. in 1 Timothy 2:1, Paul says, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions…” During the time of Paul writing this, Nero was in leadership. If you don’t know, Nero hated Christians and did a lot to try to stop Christianity. Paul said, pray for him! I don’t care how wicked or messed up your city leaders may be, the Bible commands us to pray for them! If you do nothing else for your city, at least pray that God would do a mighty work there.
Be a part of your city. Spend time in your city. Find places and things you can do within your city. God wants us to enjoy the things He has given to us and within the city God has given people a lot of fun things to enjoy. As a am writing this I am in a coffee shop in the middle of the city I am currently in. I have been coming here frequently and have enjoyed seeing the people and things that make up this city. Not only should you spend time enjoying yourself in your city, be a good citizen of your city as well. Paul goes on to say, “…that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” God desires believers to be good citizens of their cities and enjoy it while being godly and dignified.
Serve your city. Look for ways to serve your city. Within most cities there are countless homeless and helpless people who need help. Get involved in your local rescue mission or homeless shelter. If you have time, serve on a board or committee in your city. Please do not look down on your city if you are not investing time in it and serving it for the glory of God. Praying for your city is good. Being a part of your city is good as well. But serving your city is better! We are never more like Jesus than when we are serving. And serving your city is a way to show people Jesus and His love for the city.
Start thinking positive about your city and what God could do in it. Great revivals in the past have started within cities and then spread throughout the rural areas. Your city could be the start of the nest great move of God in our country. God works through people who make up His church so get out there and let God use you in your city.
Three things that have sparked a passion in me for cities:
1) Article from Resurgence titled “4 Ways to Know Your City”
2) Song “God of this City” by Chris Tomlin
3) For all my fellow Hip-Hop fans out there, Andy Mineo (C-Lite) song “In My City”
Recommended sermon that is worth watching on this subject-Tim Keller “Reaching Your City with the Gospel”
My sister, Amanda McCann, made this for me to hang in my office. She does an amazing job at making arts and things like this. Check out her stuff and contact her if you want something made on here “Manda’s Creations & Such” Facebook page.