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The Kingdom Comes

weekly theme #42 The Kingdom Comes*  

week containing the Sunday between August 14 and 20

What is the Kingdom of God (Kingdom of Heaven)?  Where?  When?  I have held those questions for years, and I’m still not sure I have the answers.  Even more, what will I do with the answers if God shows them to me?  What will they do with me?

The Kingdom of God allows me to participate in its operation, expansion, and development.  In fact, God has entrusted me with important work.  All his children have important work, but it’s only possible to complete when we cooperate with him in action, thought, and prayer.

I think parts of God’s Kingdom are invisible without the Spirit’s insight.  Without his insight, I tend only to see man’s kingdoms, and I lose direction, hope, and purpose.

It seems that truth and worship are consistent indicators of where God’s Kingdom exists.  I know there are other indicators as well, but as I write this morning, I’m struck by these two specific qualities.  I’ve seen the damage done by deception of truth, and I can feel the decline of worship and awe that it causes within me.  Specifically related to worship, I’m particularly sorrowful for how repeated exposure has numbed me to the profane use of the names Jesus, Lord, God, and Christ.  Maybe this is part of deception as well – something so holy being gradually eroded to the level of a curse.

I still have more questions than answer regarding God’s Kingdom.  Is it here?  Is it coming?  I think I can answer both in the affirmative.  In a sense, I’ve seen glimpses of the Kingdom shining through individuals like bright sunlight streaming through a slender opening of the window curtains.  How do I help open the curtain more fully?

*A Guide To Prayer by Job and Shawchuck provided the scripture references and readings that inspired these reflections.  I found this devotional to be the most heart changing of any I’ve used.  It truly lives up to its title.

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Christianity Beyond Belief

Todd D Hunter has written an engaging book.  In my opinion, the foundation of the book is the idea that the goal of the Christian life is not to get into heaven but to live like Jesus.  I venture to say some of you are saying, “Of course!”  But there are many in the USA church who do not live that way.  It’s actually an interesting clash in most of us.  We certainly want to go to heaven, and we’re counting on going there, but our minds and lives are rooted deeply in this world.  The concept Jesus mentions in his most famous prayer, “thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”, doesn’t really get fleshed out.

I really enjoyed Hunter’s concept of living in God’s story.  The Bible starts with creation and ends with the eternal river of life.  All of human history falls between those two events, and that includes my life.  And yours.  We are part of God’s story.  We have been given a speaking part in a story that includes some of the greatest characters of all time.  I awake in God’s story every day.  All I have to do is play my role as it’s written.  Yet, even though all of us have gone off script, he keeps us in the story.  He keeps pointing to the script that’s prepared especially for me.

I’ll close with a couple more of my favorite thoughts from the book: 1) My need is not so much to add spiritual activities to my life, but to make my daily activities spiritual.  2) Learning to walk with the Spirit includes some stumbles and falls.  Keep walking.  Trying and failing is success.  Not trying is failure.

My notes on this book can be downloaded in MS Word format from the blue “FILES box” in the left side-bar of this blog.

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