It takes a village, right? Not in the Kingdom. It does not take a village … whether raising a child or experiencing the best and highest in the Kingdom of Christ.
Do you need to move the needle on something big? It’s likely the “village” is in the way of you experiencing Kingdom Potential as an Apprentice of Christ! What is your “village?” Learn how to deal with it as Jesus and Peter did.
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Go Deeper — It Does Not Take a Village
Today’s “village” in this African proverb is all of society … schools, arts and entertainment, mainstream media, social media, medicine, business corporations, and so much more. But most of all, government programs. The problem with the modern-day “village” is that it’s largely godless, devoid of meaningful faith toward God.
It Does Not Take a Village — Scripture for Meditation, Prayer, and Proclamation
Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:58 NKJV)
And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Jesus and implored Him to touch him. Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around.” Then again He laid His hands on his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly. And He sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.” (Mark 8:22-26 NASB)
While He was saying these things to them, a synagogue official came and bowed down before Him, and said, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live” … When Jesus came into the official’s house, and saw the flute-players and the crowd in noisy disorder, He said, “Leave; for the girl has not died, but is asleep.” And they began laughing at Him. But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. This news spread throughout all that land. (Matthew 9:18, 23-26 NASB)
Peter uses the faith template that Jesus used
Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did. And it happened at that time that she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, “Do not delay in coming to us.” So Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them. But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. (Acts 9:36-42 NASB)