The River of Life
In September, Rob shared a prophetic vision with Jubilee Church: A River Goes Out. A vision of a powerful river flowing out from our church, reaching into the community and stretching into the distance. This river, echoing Ezekiel 47, is about a season of the Spirit where our identity and the gifts we carry extend further, deeper, and wider.
Our task is to respond to this river’s flow, to form the banks and beds of the river and become channels of the Holy Spirit, bringing life wherever we go.
Recently Rob revisited this vision and talked about why it needs to impact us, what the river should mean to us and how we are going to respond to this – so a bit of the strategy God seems to be giving to us at this time.
A Different Perspective
In this latest talk: Life Giving River, Rob talked about how we need to get a bigger perspective on God’s plan and engage with the River of God as it flows out.
He suggested that it can be helpful for us to find places where we can see life from a very different place to our own and get a different perspective, but if we are going to see where the river is going, we are also going to need to get a bigger perspective.
The Bigger Perspective of God’s Plan
God wants us to see the bigger picture of what he is doing in the world.
From the riverbank, God reveals to Ezekiel a grand perspective – His plan of salvation throughout all time, encompassing the entire human race and all of creation. In verse 6, God challenges the prophet: “Can you see the river? Can you perceive its transformative impact and the effect it has on everything?”
What a grand perspective! It speaks of God’s big plan of redemption for the whole world throughout all time, in every generation through the church by the power of the Holy Spirit. An eternal supply of blessings underlining the faithfulness of God.
Tell Your Story
What response should we give to this vision of the river?
One way is to share our personal stories, not just the testimony of our faith journey, but everyday narratives that illustrate the transformative impact of having Jesus in our lives.
Why? Because people need to know about Jesus and the difference he makes to our lives, and we can actively participate in the river’s flow, becoming channels of hope and transformation in our communities.
Video: Come to the River