What if your presence in your city moved beyond Instagram likes and Facebook check-ins at your favorite foodie spots?
What if there was a deeper reason behind where you live other than proximity to your job or family?
In Jeremiah 29:4-7 we read about God’s people living in exile.
God had driven the Israelites away from their homeland because of their disobedience. And even there — where life was not what they thought that it would be — God invited them to:
“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” (Jeremiah 29:7, ESV).
By the Lord’s grace, many of us are flourishing in and around cities today, as we follow our dreams, start families or start over.
No matter what your circumstance is, you can listen to the Lord and gain direction from Him for how to engage the city, suburb, town or neighborhood He’s planted you in.
It can seem daunting at first.
But in the midst of fear, feelings of inadequacy or a busy schedule, you have an opportunity to trust God.
Here are some ways that you can bring God’s light and love to your community:
Look to the local news, follow individuals and organizations on social media or check out your city’s websites to see how you can pray:
Your city matters to God because the people there — including you — matter to Him.
serves as a journalist with Cru. She’s an Atlanta, Georgia, native and University of Georgia graduate with a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism. She enjoys the intersection of creativity, theology and popular culture in her writing projects. Contact Melody at Melody.Copenny@cru.org.
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