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Friday, September 23, 2016

Think About It

Your Kingdom Come…
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Dallas Willard said, “The Gospel is less about how to get into the Kingdom of Heaven after you die, and more about how to live in the Kingdom of Heaven before you die”. I wonder how many actually live this way? It would seem that some aren’t interested in how they live out their daily lives. After all, if you’re already in, then what’s the point?

I often wonder what would happen if we who call ourselves Christians would actually live out the Kingdom in our daily lives. What would happen if we practiced the beatitudes? You know, the ones Jesus spoke about in Matthew 5:1-12. They’re about living in peace and practicing mercy. They also address taking care of others, the poor and the destitute for example. I know, we have agencies and programs to do some of this, but what would happen if we each rolled up our sleeves and got into the mix of things. I think it’s called getting our hands dirty.

I remember once being in a prayer time at a church when a homeless person walked in and sat down with us for prayer. One of the leaders stated later that they didn’t want that kind in our building and needed to lock the doors the next time. Needless to say that was the end of my relationship with that group of people. This might seem like and isolated incident but sadly it goes on more that you might imagine.

When Jesus was teaching his disciples to pray he said to pray that “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”, (Matthew 6:10). Many recite this rather than pray that it would actually happen, that His Kingdom might truly be established in this moment. Kingdom living isn’t something to be lived out in the sweet by and by, but rather something to be lived in the nasty now and now.

Could you imagine what the world would be like if we lived out the Kingdom principles every day? It only starts with one. Think about it.

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