Bringing the Kingdom Part 1
It’s really difficult to understand God’s purpose when we look at what’s happening in the horn of Africa. A combination of famine, escalating food prices, and war has put an estimated 2 million children at risk of starvation. What is God’s purpose for their lives?
That’s a very tough question. I don’t know if I have the answer, but one thing that helps me get through it is the Lord’s Prayer.
One day Jesus was praying, and when He finished, one of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” And Jesus said, “When you pray, say, Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” (Luke 11:1-4)
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We pray for God’s kingdom to come to earth, just as Jesus taught us to do.
In the kingdom of heaven there is no hunger. Obviously there’s no hunger, because in heaven we have Jesus. We have the fulfillment of everything. But here on earth there’s hunger. Now we hunger. We hunger and thirst for righteousness. And those of us who do will be fulfilled. (Matthew 5:6)
God didn’t have to create us to need food. He could have created us so that we’d never need to eat. I think maybe our hunger is the physical sign of our craving for God. It’s the material symbol of our hunger and thirst for righteousness.
In the Bible it says we are new creatures, right? We are new creatures in Christ Jesus. We have a new life now. We’re not of this world. We have a Spirit that lives inside of us that says, “You are different. You are going to understand the ways of God.”
Here’s what we need to understand: we are ambassadors of Christ. As His ambassadors, we are to help bring His redemptive love to the earth. That’s bringing the kingdom. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. In heaven there is no hunger. So feeding the hungry? That’s bringing the kingdom to earth. That’s our job as ambassadors of Christ.
Before Jesus left, He said, “You are my best friends.” A master never reveals too much to his servants, but we are His friends. He says, “Because I’m your friend, everything that my Father has taught me, I teach you. And I’m going to let you in on God’s ways.”
Part of God’s ways is helping to fill those that hunger. Now, I know that donating to help send food to the Horn of Africa is only a start. This is about something so much greater. It’s about being new creatures in Christ. It’s about that Spirit that dwells within. More on that next time. See you Tuesday.