Dreaming of Things that are not

Imagination is a wonderful thing; it allows us to see reality as it “could be” and “should be”.  One man put it this way: “Some men see things as they are and say  why – I dream things that never were and say why not.” No doubt you decided to be part of Men of Destiny because you have love and concern for the church and because you imagine the community changing because of the presence of our local church. Proverbs says: “Through the blessings of the upright a city is exalted…” (11:11). Men of Destiny is contributing to the transformation of our city.
The church of Jesus Christ is important to every nation because God has sent the church to be the hope of every community in which it is found. Isaiah 42:1-4 tells us that the servant of the Lord, in whom the nations put their hope, will be gentle with those who are weak and discouraged, though he will not falter or be discouraged until he establishes justice on the earth. Matthew 12:18-21 shows us that Jesus is the “servant” Isaiah foretold. The Father sent the Son, the Son sent the Spirit, and the Spirit sends the Church into the world to accomplish Christ’s mission (Mt 16:17-19).

Dream for a moment… In what ways will people living with HIV and AIDS, orphans, old people and child headed households be thankful for our church?  In what ways will political and community leaders value our presence in the city of Ndola? Are you seeing thousands of people putting their hope in Christ because of our presence as Men of Destiny? If the answer is “yes” then let us consider how to make this dream grow.

In Matthew 9:35-38 Jesus gives us a description of the environment He served. People were vulnerable-defenseless, weak, at risk, in danger, poor and leaderless. They needed workers (v.37). However, they had intercessors, and Jesus asked them to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers. Jesus developed these men into leaders, evangelists and workers of care and compassion. Three year later the disciples had been transformed into godly servants who were able to witness to local councils, governors, kings and gentiles; bringing thousands into the Kingdom as they worked.

Men of Destiny, Jesus is calling us to the same mission today. Our environment is very similar to the one He encountered 2000 years ago. We need to develop. We need more concern for the lost. We need to do more in response to the social justice issues facing our community. We need to pray for the peace and spiritual revival of our nation.

Lawrence Temfwe
(Extract from a message at a Men of Destiny meeting in Ndola)