the message:day 2

[Read & meditate on Matthew 4.17. Again, in the Jewish mind, the kingdom of God wasn’t a place or a time, but a condition in which the rule of God is acknowledged by people–a condition to which God’s promises of a restored universe (free from sin and death) are or begin to be fulfilled. Imagine what that will be like.]

Rest. That’s the first thing that comes to mind. It seems like maintaining my own kingdom takes so much work and effort. It’s hard to hold my world together! I have a hard time managing sin on my own and death is something that is out of my control. So, when I am living in my own kingdom and if feels like I am losing control, my fear drives me to do whatever I can to hold it together, whatever the cost. It wears me down and it wears others down as well.
If I don’t have to maintain my kingdom, I can be free to experience true relationships with God and others. I don’t have to prove that I measure up–my life is measured by God’s standards, not the standards of others or myself. God measures me through Jesus who has invited me into his kingdom.
I think there is also a sense of rest in that if God’s kingdom is the way things are supposed to be, then it’s a perfect fit. That’s what I want. That’s what I need.

What kind of world do I dream of?
What kind of world does Jesus dream of?
Which world am I living for?
Which kind of world do I want to live for?