Building the Kingdom, Instead of Escaping from It!
by Jean Mulquin
“When Jesus got word that John had been arrested, he returned to Galilee. He moved from his hometown, Nazareth, to the lakeside village Capernaum, nestled at the base of the Zebulun and Naphtali hills. This move completed Isaiah’s sermon:
Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
road to the sea, over Jordan,
Galilee, crossroads for the nations.
People sitting out their lives in the dark
saw a huge light;
Sitting in that dark, dark country of death,
they watched the sun come up.
This Isaiah-prophesied sermon came to life in Galilee the moment Jesus started preaching. He picked up where John left off: ‘Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.'” Matthew 4:12-17 (MSG)
I remember in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I was reading voraciously about the soon coming rapture. I was convinced that we believers would be raised up to meet Jesus in the air and we would be spared the impending agony of the seven-year tribulation. When my two boys began studying scripture, they were convinced that we would not have it so easy as to miss out on that period of hell here on earth. They did not like the way people used that theology as a “cop out” and thought it hurt the body of Christ. We would have quite the heated debates on this subject.
Then, (especially after meeting Katie), I began to realize that I was already part of God’s kingdom here on earth, and that I had a lot of work to do, so that more hurting people could be brought into God’s kingdom with me. God began to change my heart, and I no longer feared the future, or thought about getting out of here. Each day became precious and full of promise, as I began to see God’s call on my life and how BIG it was. Now, I live in the moment and do my best to make those moments count. I believe in a victorious view of our future, as the bride of Christ, and believe this world is a better place because of Christ’s kingdom having been established on it. I’m not certain how the end will unfold, but I know I will be ready for whatever comes.
Are you waiting patiently to be taken out of this mess of a world, or are you living your life as though each moment matters?
Do you know what your purpose is in helping to build the Kingdom of God?
If not, share with us what is stopping you from finding out what that might be below.
Remember, exposing the lie from the enemy trying to deter you from your kingdom destiny is the first step to moving towards it!
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