Views from the Pews: Small steps lead to big changes

Leigh Coates. Picture: Miss Whittington's Photography.
Leigh Coates. Picture: Miss Whittington's Photography.

I suppose the question that I’m wresting with at this time is this: are we, as followers of Jesus, being intentional?

I long to see revival in my town, county, nation and world, but would the ‘church’ cope with even a small town like Whitby responding to God’s call to accept Jesus and be a part of His Church?

I heard this story and related to it so much. A man wanted to change the world with the gospel, so he set out to do just that. After years of being a missionary he found that he failed in his task. So he thought “I’ll change my nation!”

Again, after lots of time and effort, he burnt out. Instead, he set off to change his town but no joy there either.

Next, he turned his efforts to his family. “If I can change them, I can have a great foundation to move on.” 

Again, he seemed to fail.

Finally he said: “God, change me and me alone”. God heard his cry and started to change the man beyond his imagination.

The impact on the man was so great that his family noticed. They changed and their street took notice, so much so that his town changed.

The town helped to shape the nation.

I guess what I’m trying to say is if we’re willing to let God change us and we try to be come more ‘Christ like’ with the help of the Holy Spirit, then who knows where that could end up?

God has put Isaiah 61 firmly on my heart. In verses one, two and four we find these words:

‘The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn.

“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”

Are you willing to invest in God? Are you willing to let Him change you and invest in others?

Are you willing to share this good news – the gospel – to those who don’t yet know Jesus as their saviour?

If you’re reading this and you don’t know Jesus or are unsure what the future holds for you, then get in touch.