It's no secret cities are a place where people have access to lots of stuff, certain special events, and a bit of progressiveness the rest of us don't necessarily get to enjoy. I love walking through our cities here in America and hearing the different rhythms, feeling the various tensions, and watching how people do life in the cities.
I've never really been much of a long time city guy. I've lived in basic small towns most of my life, so I'm not real tuned into what it might be like to actually dwell in a place with over a million people. Must be crazy!!
Well, I was reading in Matthew 11 today when Jesus started rebuking the cities he had performed miracles in.
Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. "Woe
to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were
performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have
repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Si don on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you." (Matthew 11:20-24)
I know, cities or towns, the repentance of humanity is essential to knowing God. It's an important piece to salvation. Understanding, knowing, and turning from your sin is the only way you can realize the power of God in your life.
So, as Jesus is rebuking these cities for their lack of repentance, I started thinking about our attitudes today.
When God moves in a special way in our town or city, do we take repentance seriously?
How long does it take before our daily routine turns back into the rut we created before God moved?
Are we even willing to step out and be a part of what God is doing?
I, for one, want to be in the middle of what God is up to.
I want to experience His miracles, and His work on the planet today.
I want to be in the thick of it.
Maybe it's time for a city wide, or a town wide day of repentance. I know the officials probably won't like it, but who cares? Let's begin to follow God's will for our lives, rather than pandering to whatever oppression people want to put on the Christian community. Let's together, ask for forgiveness from our cities and towns!!