Posted by: Andrea Mullins | 16 May, 2010

Are You Living in the Right Place?

How did you decide where to live? Perhaps you’ve stayed in one community for your entire life, or you’ve lived all over the world. Ray Bakke, co-author of City Signals Leader Kit, asks, “Does God care only about people, or does he also care about places, including cities?” God cares about places. Scripture identifies specific places as much as it identifies specific people. And when those places are mentioned, we discover that God is exceedingly aware of the people who live there, including every need they face, whether it is physical, social, or spiritual. God cares about places.

Most of us choose our place to live based on comfort, value of location, safety, school systems, retirement plans, extended family and the list goes on. Most of us, if we can afford it, and if we are free to do it, flee from the places where life is not easy. We do not want to live where poverty is visible, crime is high, and beauty is not evident. Scripture does not give weight to these approaches regarding where we live. Consider how often the Lord sent His people away from family, away from security, away from luxury, and to the places where people needed a word from the Lord.

Have you noticed how often church members vote to move the location of their meeting place when the community begins to change, when the “neighbors” aren’t like them anymore, or the homes begin to transition into ghettos? Bakke suggests that such decisions may seem practical, but in fact, are theological. God cares where we live and where our churches meet. He wants us in those places where the needs are great. If His people aren’t willing to be there, then who is going to be His hands and heart to those in great need?

How did you make the decision to live where you live? Encourage others to risk following God by sharing your story in the comment section. We are giving a free copy of City Signals Leader Kit to the first 10 who tell their stories.

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  1. Thanks for the post, it comes at just the right time. My husband and I have decided to move to the city for ministry purposes, to use our largest financial investment more strategically. We want to steward well what He has given us despite all the things you mentioned, different people than us, poverty, leaving our friends and incredible neighbors etc. I am pregnant and we have a 1 and 2 year old. Our house is under contract and God has not provided a place for us yet. But He has been encouraging us to look to our eternal home which will always endure.

    Just tonight we had our last small group with our dear friends which caused me to question if it is really going to be worth it, so God encouraged me with thia post. Thanks for writing it.

  2. Laura,

    This is an incredible commitment. you will be blessed beyond imagining. I’ve discovered that the times we have followed God out of our comfort zone have been the most fulfilling of all.

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  5. I love this post! It’s so important to remember that God wants to be a part of every aspect of our life-including where we live.

    My husband and I moved to Clermont, Florida based on the fact that we truly felt God was leading us there. At the time, we had no clue as to what God would do, but ended up providing us with the perfect house, neighbors, and we now both work as administrators at a Christian school. We have no doubt that God has called us to Clermont for such a time as this!


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