“God says “Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.” – Isaiah 46:9
God is in control. There is no one like Him. He is sovereign over the entire universe, over all the events of history, and over your life. In verse 10, we read, “Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.”
When we look at Isaiah 46, verses 9 and 10 in context, we see that God is reminding His people that He is sovereign. God is above all things and before all things. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. He is present everywhere so that everyone can know Him. God created all things and holds all things together, both in heaven and on earth. God knows all things past, present, and future. God knows everything completely before it even happens. God can do all things and accomplish all things. Nothing is too difficult for Him, and He orchestrates and determines everything that is going to happen in Panama City, in Florida, in the U.S., and in the world. Nothing is impossible with Him. And movements of God all over the world confirm that.
God is at work. God is on the move in every part of the globe. We believe gospel movements are present in every town, city, and region. God doesn’t consult us before He begins His work, yet He invites us as a church and individuals to be partakers in it. The church is not a place, it’s a movement. The church was a collection of various people from their local community, coming together, discovering who God is. The role of the church is to help people from all walks of life engage each other and move forward with Jesus.
Neighborhoods are the places where God calls us to live the mission of Jesus. To live on mission is simply to live your life with a conscious intention of sharing the gospel with those around you. It is about relationships. We develop relationships by meeting and getting to know our neighbors. Then serve our neighbors. Being served feels really good. Jesus himself modeled the perfect servant. In fact, in Mark 10:45 Jesus tells us that He came to serve. Think of what it could be like if you took on this attitude toward your neighbors and began serving them. Serve them by inviting them over for coffee or a meal. You could also serve a neighbor by cutting his or her lawn. And don’t forget to pray for your neighbors.
Prayer helps to move us away from self-dependence to God-dependence. Prayer helps us remember that while God desires to use us, it’s ultimately God who works in our neighbors’ lives.
Whether you’re praying, serving, or building relationships, you’re taking a step of faith and caring for your neighbor.
- What is it about serving others that you find hard to do? What are some things that have prevented you from serving others in the past? What are the wrong motivations you struggle with when serving others?
- How does an attitude of humility help you make serving and putting others first a priority in your life?