September 14, 2007

Thy Kingdom Come

I know it has been a while, well, a long while and for anyone who reads or cares, I'm sorry. It's amazing how quickly your schedule can fill up and eventually own you but I think I'm finally starting to get control of it, well at least a little.

Currently I am working through a study of the kingdom of God as I spend time reading Kingdom, Church, and World by Howard A. Snyder. One of the points that he makes throughout the book that I have really grown to like is that God's kingdom can be experienced now, of course not in its fullest but we can still catch glimpses of it. I think the reason I like this idea so much is because it means that you and I as Christians can and should be actively bringing about the kingdom of God today! There are things that we can do as followers of Christ to reveal the life transforming love, grace, mercy and forgiveness of God's kingdom to the people we interact with each and every day. This brings a whole new sense of purpose and meaning to the prayer "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done..."

And so it has to be asked of you and I, are we living as kingdom people today or are we coasting by waiting for this far-off kingdom to show up eventually?