Your Kingdom Come

S (Scripture): Luke 17:20 Now at one point the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was coming, so he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

O (Observation):  Whoa!  Wait?  What?!? “The Kingdom  of God is in your midst”?  Are you sure, Jesus?  ‘Cause ain’t nobody seen no signs.  

Jesus causes confusion…again…  Jesus’ non-dualistic understanding of the kingdom is that the Kingdom is here…and will be here.   (That means that the Kingdom is not EITHER now OR later…rather, that the Kingdom can be here BOTH now AND later.  The thought of the Jewish folks of the time was that soemone like a King David would come back and conquer Caeser and restore Israel atop the political and religious food chain.  

Jesus reminds the people that waiting for a sign is silly.  For Jesus himself has begun to usher in the new Kingdom, and Kingdom life looks like Jesus’ life – full of grace and humility and suffering and obedience to God.  

A (Application): We don’t want Jesus’ life thank you very much.  We don’t want to be humiliated by our peers or the powers that be. We don’t want God’s hopes and dreams for our own for those hopes and dream cause us to give more than we are comfortable, to serve others when we can be relaxing on our couch, to invite our loved ones and friends to support a cause we believe in, though they may not. 

Living in the Kigdom of God is challenging, but is also full of grace.  Two things are at play as children of the Kingdom: Relationship and Responsibility.  

  1. Relationship.  God ushers us into the Kingdom by the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Most notably this happens in our baptism.  God sends the Spirit to join us to Jesus’ death and resurrection.  We live the kingdom life NOW, because God brings us along and invites us into an eternal relationship that can never be broken. 
  2. Responsibility.  As Kingdom-livers, we are given authority and power that is not our own, but our responsibility to wield.  We use this authority and power not to misuse or abuse others, but to support the outcast and the downtrodden.  Our responsibility is to preach the Gospel and live it out, using that authority and power given to us by the Lord. 

How is that going for you?   Do you sense the relationship aspect more?  Or the responsibility aspect?   Do you sense either?  

I’m happy to chat with you if you would like to reach out to me.  Just let me know.  

P (Prayer): Lord, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Amen. 


One thought on “Your Kingdom Come

  1. Imagine that someone believes that when thedie, they will go to Heaven. After all, that’s what our parents told us when we were little kids, right? What if our parents had told us, “Heaven is when you realize everything is perfect all around you and even though it *might* get better, it’s so wonderful now that you can’t even *imagine* life getting any better”?

    Let’s go back to the original parental analogy, that when you die, you go to Heaven. What is death other than a form of change? What if when you *change* you will understand how wonderful Life *IS* regardless of how it may seem at the moment? That disasters are opportunities, and that challenges are not there to defeat us, but to help us find strength? That rewards are simply “low points” because from that point on, another reward is going to be something of an uphill challenge?

    Let’s look at someone who is 1 day away from death’s door: “when I die tomorrow, I will be in Heaven,” he thinks. Tomorrow comes, and death is 1 hour away: “When the next hour comes, I will be in Heaven.” Then one minute away — then…. “I must be in Heaven now,” thinks the transcendent soul as it migrates away from its abandoned, former home lying on its deathbed.

    Where is that soul? In the “eternal Now” — it’s not yesterday, it’s not tomorrow, it’s NOW!

    Back in the time of Jesus, people didn’t have keyboards and digital media with which to unpack their ideas in full. If anyone was going to capture what was said, then it had best be short, elegant, and to the point. “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” — That’s what Jesus instructed His disciples to tell everyone. Heaven is not tomorrow, it’s not “when we die” — it is *in your midst.*

    “Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven” can be easily translated into “as the idea exists within the Mind, let it exist in Reality.” That’s how successful folk succeed.

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