Monday, November 19, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness. Day 19, "The Kingdom."


Then Peter chimed in, "We left everything and followed you.  What do we get out of it?"

Jesus replied, "Yes, you have followed me.  In the re-creation of the world, when the Son of Man will rule gloriously, you who have followed me will also rule, starting with the twelve tribes of Israel.  And not only you, but anyone who sacrifices home, family, fields -- whatever -- because of me will get it all back a hundred times over, not to mention the considerable bonus of eternal life.  This is the Great Reversal; many of the first ending up last, and the last first."
Matt. 19:27-30 (Message Bible)

Jesus got them together to settle things down.  He said, "You've observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goers to their heads.  It's not going to be that way with you.  Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.  Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave.  That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served -- and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are being held hostage."
Matt. 20:24-28 (Message Bible)

We live in an unjust world with unjust systems.  For the approximate 5000 years of recorded human history, we have been trying to fix that situation.  Nothing has worked so far.  Our world is still unjust.  Our economic & political systems are corrupt.  Human beings still have a nasty streak that runs deep and wide.

Someday, it will be different.  
And it will not be because of something we did to improve it.

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I tend to absorb stress like a sponge absorbs water.  I've had plenty on my mind recently.  It effects my sleep and my body.  A week ago, I got one of those neck scan things done at a Chiropractic booth.  My top two vertebrae were well into the black. (No wonder my neck has been so sore.) I have a bit too much on my mind.

Recently I have felt a profound absence of God.  A philosopher that I respect a great deal says that when you find yourself in that feeling, you are actually standing in the heart of God.  God rejected God on the cross.  This is a taste of how he felt. (And it doesn't taste like chicken.) I do not like this feeling of absence.  I have too much on my mind.


From time to time, sometimes on a daily basis, I can see the kingdom break in to this dying world.  I wish that I could see it all of the time, but I admit that my faith is weak.  Perhaps my eyes cannot see more because of this weakness.  It is beautiful when you see the kingdom break in.  I wish I had better eyes and a stronger faith.  I have too much on my mind.

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Someday, the world will be turned upside down.  All of the things that we held up as important and worthwhile will be turned on it's head.  Our economics, politics, finances, will all be up-ended.  The last will be first and the least will be the greatest.

The Great Reversal.

I long for that day.  I am dissatisfied by this world.  So much of what it offers is tempting.  It has a sweet taste that leaves you hungry for more because it can never satisfy.  I hunger and thirst for righteousness, because I know that I have none of my own.  At those times when I see the kingdom break in, I get a taste of the righteousness of Jesus.  It tastes very good.  I will not be satisfied until I can taste it fully.  Unfortunately, this often contributes to having too much on my mind.



Someday, the Great Reversal will happen.  There will be the Renewal of All Things, the Re-Creation.  The kingdom will be here in full...this kingdom that is Present, yet not fully present.  I am thankful for this kingdom.  Then I will only have one thing on my mind.



Peace

Joe

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