It’s hot where I am. No, I mean unbearably hot. The moment you walk out the door, a wall of heat overwhelms you. Some days the afternoon showers bring refreshment and relief from the heat and humidity.
The reality for you and I is this: we are constantly being showered with God’s grace. Whether we want to accept God’s love or not is inconsequential. The very life you have, is an act of grace. The breathe you breath is because God first breathed life into you.
Are you currently facing heat? Heat and humidity so strong that you’re not sure you can last much longer? The day is long and hot- you’re desperate for the relief of afternoon showers.
You my friend, need only look up. Open your eyes. See the rain of God’s grace that is already pouring down upon you. Open your palms, let your heart be willing and see the life, the opportunity, the movements, the time you have been given. God’s love is pouring down upon you in your hot day…now, will you reach out your hands and receive the rain or will you hide and pretend it isn’t there?
Participating in God’s Kingdom gives us fresh eyes to love and appreciate the rain. To splash around in the pools of God’s love that he leaves everywhere around us. Today, my friend, participate in the Kingdom and don’t be afraid to allow yourself the freedom of getting drenched in the rain of God’s love that surrounds you.
As I look through my glasses I see a spotted and broken picture of the reality around me.
Lately I’ve found myself wondering what God’s Kingdom will look like when it’s fully revealed. Many Christians have a distorted view of the Christian life. Jesus didn’t come, teach, give all and unexpectedly come back just so that you and I could look forward to leaving the earth. When we say yes to God’s grace, and take upon ourselves the love of God shown through Jesus Christ, then we become active participants within this thing we call the Kingdom of God. Yes, all things are within God’s Kingdom but many people choose to deny this fact or are unaware of the Kingdom.
So as a Christian, actively aware of my participation within God’s Kingdom, I wonder what does the fulness of this Kingdom look like?
I need my glasses to see. Without them, everything around me looks like blobs of fuzz. My glasses are old though. Not only are they old, but they’ve survived the years that I’ve had two small children. The glasses now have scratches and spots that I can’t seem to clean. My world, as I see it through my glasses is a spotted and broken picture of reality. So is the Kingdom today. Despite this brokenness we still catch glimpses of what the Kingdom will someday look like.
We see it in the birth of a new child.
We see it in the loving care of a mother or father.
We see it in the sacrifice of one’s life for that of another.
We see it in the cooling rain on a hot summer’s day.
So I ask you again, what do you think it would look like if we could remove the spotted, broken pieces of this world?
The Kingdom of God is the most radical conception ever presented to the human race and it is the most secular- “May thy kingdom come and thy will be done on earth.” It meant nothing less than the replacement of this present unworkable world order, founded on greed and selfishness and exploitation, with God’s order founded on love and service and mutual aid.