Just over a month ago, while I was visiting England, I had a prophetic image come to my mind. I saw in my mind’s eye a map of the world and on top of it was an elaborate Dot To Dot image of the face of Jesus. I’m assuming most of you know what I mean by Dot To Dot ? The children’s puzzle, where you connect the numbered dots in order to draw a picture. It was such a striking picture and it immediately sent me into a place of deep questioning with God.
Here’s what I felt the Holy Spirit say about it;
I believe that God is issuing a huge worldwide commission for unity right now. This is more than churches working together, big conferences and big ministries; it’s about the mobilization of a movement of people who confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. These are the nameless and faceless population of the globe, God’s secret army, who has in their reach the fulfillment of the great commission – to make visible the face of Jesus across the world.
You see, in the picture I saw there were trillions of dots, all needing to be connected. I believe these represented individual people. The fulfillment of making Jesus visible to the world rests on ordinary folks who follow Him. Christians that reach out to each other in love, crossing the cultural, denominational and theological barriers that have fragmented how we’ve represented Christ to the World. It’s an epic movement of love, a great coming together and it involves every – single – Christian.
So what’s to be done?
I believe God wants us individually to take responsibility for our place in this movement. We’ve got to move away from the mindset that church pastors/staff are there to do the job He’s given us to do. Their job is to make us great at ours – and I bless them for that. We need to figure out where we’re at in this. Believing that we’re vital.
So it’s time, right now, to take your place. Who have you got to reach out to? Look ahead of you, look behind you. Reach out and connect your dots – the ones only you can connect. Choose love. Over every bit of preference and doctrine, choose love. And while you think all your doing is living out your life, doing your small bit, know this – you are part of a great reveal, a time in history where people of every tribe and every tongue will see Him – the Saviour of the world.
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 NLT