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The Last Word:
SUNDAY 17TH. JUNE 2018
TRINITY 32 PENTCOST 4
If God’s Kingdom is amongst us, where is it and what is it?
Jesus came to announce that God’s Kingdom was coming upon Earth. He taught us to pray, ‘Thy Kingdom come …’. In St. Luke ch. 17, v: 21b He says, “The Kingdom of God is among you.’ Which suggests that it had already come when He was born upon the Earth. It started with Jesus and grew through the apostles and disciples and it continues to grow through the church today.
In the Gospels we find plenty to give us an idea of what that kingdom will be like. A brief summary of what we are told is:
God is the absolute authority. He rules justly, wisely with mercy and with love; in fact, He is more like a Father caring for His children.
Those who enter His Kingdom do so through His grace and obey Him, serve Him and accept His authority and not through fear, but because they respect Him and love Him!
It is through Jesus, Who, in St. John ch. 14 v: 6 calls Himself, ‘… the way the truth and the life.’ that we can enter into the Kingdom. We need to follow His example and His teachings and be guided today by the Holy Spirit.
But why do we want to enter the Kingdom of God?
Is it because we are afraid of dying and want to live forever? Or is it in fact because God Himself has chosen us, called us and given us work to do for Him here on earth first until the day He welcomes us into His Kingdom and not through our own efforts or anything we have or have not done; except perhaps of our own free will to have responded positively?
If we want to see the kingdom and for others to know about it, I suggest it is seen in you and in me. When we treat everyone with love and forgive one another the hurts we inflict upon each other, when we reach out to the suffering and put them first before ourselves, when we allow Jesus through His Holy Spirit to change us into His likeness and empower us to serve, then the Kingdom is visible.
I leave you to think about a profound question asked by Mike Frost writing in the Scripture Union publication, ‘Daily Bread ’:
‘Do you read the Bible (or pray, serve the church etc) in order to earn salvation or because you’ve already received it?
Summer Blessings,Marian S. C. L.