Week 7 of the 2010 Challenge: Isaiah 35, Romans 5 & 6
Last week we talked about how Jesus came to give us abundant life now. (John 10:10) Once we are born again, we are born into the Kingdom of God. Eternity begins now!
Jesus doesn’t locate his offer to us only in some distant future after we have slogged our way through our days here on earth. He talks about a life available to us in this age. So does Paul: “Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)… When we he hear the words eternal life, most of us tend to interpret that as “a life that waits for us in eternity.” But eternal life means “unending” not “later”. The scriptures use the term to mean we can never lose it. It’s a life that can’t be taken from us. The offer is life and that life starts now. Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, NOW we also may live NEW LIVES. (Romans 6:4) – John Eldredge, Waking the Dead, pg. 12
We are called to bring the power and rule of God’s kingdom — His Kingdom come, His will be done on EARTH as it is in HEAVEN — into our families, our communities, our nation. This rule is not a forced government as the disciples thought, but a spiritual Kingdom of light, penetrating the darkness.
Colossians 1:13 ” Who has delivered us from the authority of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the son of His love.” (The Darby Translation)
I was inspired this week by an example of expanding God’s Kingdom in the small. My daughter was blessed to have a special guest at her school who spoke about her experiences in Haiti following the earthquake. She went with a group of medical professionals to give aid. When they arrived, she was handed a small child that seemed to be an infant but not sure of its age. A man had found the child and said he didn’t know what to do with it, because it was about to die. Surprised, the lady took the baby back to her room and made a baby bed out her suitcase, nourished it with what she had, and prayed for it. A few days later, the rest of the group was shocked and amazed when she put the baby down and it walked! It wasn’t actually an infant, but a small child. That child will be raised in the church’s orphanage and grow up knowing God’s love.
This seems a small thing like this goes unnoticed. The media didn’t report it, few will know. But, there in the middle of the darkness–the light of God’s kingdom love saved a little child. Our daily choices reflect the light of heaven or is diminished by the pull of the enemy. Which Kingdom do you serve?