A Passage and A Prayer 1/25/19

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Thousands of Jerusalem as that place where we live. Jesus told the disciples to start their witnessing in Jerusalem, the city in which he found them.

Think of all of us at First Immanuel Lutheran and where we each live. Starting from our center at FIL in Cedarburg, we scatter throughout Ozaukee county and several other towns beyond that. Each of us live in our own Jerusalem. Our Jerusalem is more than our town—Cedarburg, Grafton, Mequon, etc. Our Jerusalem starts as that small part of the neighborhood or the part of the apartment complex where you live. Your Jerusalem is what you can see out the windows, the places where you know the names of the people living there. Your Jerusalem is also your place at work or at school. It’s your shift at work, the three people you can hear all day, and ones you know you’ll run into in the hallway. Maybe your Jerusalem is also extended family, all the people that you got a Christmas card from, including the Christmas letter with all the year’s news.

The interesting thing is that each of us has a distinct Jerusalem even while we share the same church home at First Immanuel. At our unique Jerusalem, we each start to impact the world with the Gospel message.  This week we’ve thought about how we can boldly affect the world. Changing the world is a tall order but we can start with the small circle in which we each live.

The old by-word in real estate is location, location, location. The value of the house largely depends on where it’s located. So is our impact on the world affected by our location. The good news is that God has placed us intentionally in the location, the Jerusalem, that was made for us. God has a purpose in our being with these people, in this neighborhood, this job, and this family. Maybe that could be our prayer that we would trust the intention of God to place us where we are. And with that, God give us the words and the life example to impact this unique place, my Jerusalem.

Our heavenly Father, you have put me in this particular time and place for good reason. Help me to trust that this place and these people are your own good choice for my life. Then give me the words and the life that they can hear and see. But let people see more than me. Let them hear and see you as you impact your world through my Jerusalem. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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