Enlarge your tent, stretch your tent curtains farther out! Spare no effort, lengthen your ropes, and pound your stakes deep. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your children will conquer nations and will resettle desolate cities. Don’t be afraid, for you will not be put to shame! Don’t be intimidated, for you will not be humiliated! You will forget about the shame you experienced in your youth; you will no longer remember the disgrace of your abandonment.
Shout for joy! Enlarge our territory.
Lord, lead us to where you want us to enlarge our territory.
Isaiah is the prophet who served the Lord with a battle cry against corruption.
In resemblance to our present condition, we are also facing corruption. Aside from this, many people are bandaged to situations where they cannot see the future. Our humanity seems no longer inspired due to lack of vision on what the future will be. Que Sera sera. Yet, God wants his people to imagine the great things He intended for His chosen one and the Church.
Two points of focus:
–Imagination of the Vision
-Preparation on what God will do
A. Enlarge the place of your tent
Why did God use the word tent? Why not castle, building.. Etc?
The tent is a representation of a nomadic life and temporary residence. This is a great reminder that we all live in a temporary world. We are in a journey. And as we move forward, we are heading to a place so good, so pleasing and of praise and worship. We are heading to the place God prepared for us.
However, we tend to forget the reality. As we keep on preparing our way to heaven, we tend to forget our present condition. We may not live permanently but God calls us to enlarge our temporary tent. It is important to prepare our residency in heaven. But, God also wants us to accomplish our journey here.
When we choose to enlarge our tent, we must also expand the place itself. God seeks us to increase our influence over our community. It has to be felt in the community and beyond.
Reminder: When the church is no longer influential in a community, it becomes a tombstone of God.
We must increase our influence so that the Church can incarnate in the lives of the people.
B. Stretch out your curtains wide
“Sino ba nagsabing Hindi pwede?”
When something is stretched, it encounters pressure. Same with our faith walk, we will experience pain as we stretch out. We might resist when under pressure but as long as we endure we will reap the fruit of our faith.
We are reminded to try out new things, to move out of the box, to go beyond of what is being done and to live beyond what is perceived.
God will use our creativeness. He is a God of possibilities. We might not know what He will do. But rest assured, He has a plan.
C. Lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes
When we enlarge and stretch out our territory, God wants us to keep our eyes fixed on Him, to hold on to His promises and to find strength in His presence.
He is reminding us to be creative and careful at the same time. Our goal as we enlarge our boundaries is to glorify Him more.
We must remain sound with our doctrine.
The cord and stake are used for strengthening things. God allows us to do new things but He wants us to be aware as well. Our creativeness, motives and plans should always be pleasing in His eyes. God should always be magnified.
For all the great things God has prepared for us, we can choose to be part of the change as a beneficiary or as a victim.
We can be a victim of the changes that occur around us. It is a choice.
Enlarge our Territory
Rev. Bonifacio Plantilla
34th Church Anniversary
Taytay First Church of the Nazarene
November 25, 2012