But now, just like it’s lonely abandoned factories, many Ohio cities are filled with people who wake up to a gray, sin-tainted, hopeless existence.
Who don’t know their real God-given identity or purpose they got out of bed to live.
Who live hating people different than them and tired of trusting people who continue to hurt them.
Who turn to numbing it, finding others to blame for it, and hiding in their shame of it.
They look to a church that doesn’t preach a big enough gospel to fix it.
And so many beautiful people in our communities, who God loves dearly, choose to simply check out and quit.
People completely forgiven, resurrected, and restored by Jesus to live bright vibrant lives that shout to others, “Don’t hate, don’t hide, don’t blame, not anymore!”
People who Wake up For the Light of Jesus, so that our families, neighbors, friends, students, and colleagues can wake up To the Light of Jesus.
Wake up for new identity no matter what your past. Wake up for fighting a spiritual war against our real enemy. Wake up for deep reconciliation that covers over generations of sin. Wake up for God-given purpose and relationships that last forever. Wake up and look out the window and see your community transforming from dark and dull to colorful and alive.
Wake up for the light of Jesus Christ, so that Jesus can bring his beautiful, vibrant, grace-filled color to our communities, that multitudes will be drawn to Ohio to see.
And when they ask “What happened here?” we will only be able to say, “Ohio woke up to the Light of Jesus.”