'I Do'

Good morning!  Have you ever noticed in flight that once you get to about 20-25,000 feet or higher that the ground below looks like it has been subdivided into square and rectangular (and odd-shaped) parcels?  The earth and all its inhabitants looks like a quilt with millions of little "patches."  You live and work in one or two of those patches.

Have you ever thought about not only praying for but "adopting" (for Christ's sake) one or more of those parcels or patches?  I once read The Elk River Story (a must read for Christians seriously interested in social transformation) and the commitment of one couple to "marry" their land.  This concept is based from Isaiah 62:4, "You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall you land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the Lord delights in you, And your land shall be married."  With that concept as a backdrop, this particular couple- in a gazebo in the center of town- married the land. That is to say, they made a covenant vow to God in the presence of friends and a number of witnesses to serve the specific geographical area/city (Elk River, Minnesota) in which they lived.  It was a way to formalize their commitment to extend beyond their own local congregation in hopes of being linked to the whole city as a tool in the hands of Christ to faithfully represent Him as they live, work and go about their day-to-day activities.  The ultimate hope: city-wide transformation and a Christ-centered culture.

Today's Workplace Challenge: Recognize that sin has left the people in your city (and in each small parcel or patch) forsaken and desolate.  Many are desperate and hopeless.  Most are lost.  They have no plans to ever go to church.  So resolve now to adopt a portion of your city.  Pick a square.  Identify a parcel and be a minister to all inhabitants there with whom you intersect over the next few years.  May I suggest that you start with the place where you work?  Include your own neighborhood?  Perhaps select the east side of town, or the west side, etc.  Treat you calling to minister to that territory in ways similar to the way you treat your marriage to your spouse...with faithfulness and integrity.  Start this morning!  See that area as your Jerusalem (Acts 1:8).  That patch of people is waiting on your ministry.  So reach out in the name of Jesus and get "married to your land" as you go about your daily life...and you'll really make your days count for the Kingdom!

Based in Raleigh, NC (USA), The Other Six Days is an interdenominational discipleship ministry that seeks to give glory to God by assisting Christian men and women to practice their faith in the workplace and in their daily life context.