Infusion: the introduction of a new element or new quality into something. Infusion brings change. Infused water takes on the essence of the fruit introduced into the water, changing it…forever.
Before we can infuse Christ into the city, He must infuse us. He must infuse His Spirit into me. Willingly placing myself in Christ means that I am changed. Instead of trying to be like Christ, I allow Him to change me. As I write, I wonder how this infusion of Christ becomes evident to others. What would that look like to others? Eugene Peterson, in his paraphrase of Galatians 5:22-23, describes it like this:
He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. ~ The Message
At North Dallas Assembly, we join God in His mission to create new things—new hope, new life, new beginnings—and trust in His ability to do more through us than we can hope or imagine. Together we can infuse North Dallas with the love of Christ.
How will our city look when we begin to infuse the character of Christ into it?