I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.” vs. 6John 17:6-10
We live in two realms, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world. They occupy the same physical space, but have vastly different values and operating systems. The world focuses on external and material desires and seeks our allegiance with promises of beauty, wealth and power. When Jesus began his ministry he called people out of the world and into a relationship with the Divine. He called that realm the Kingdom of God. Those early disciples listened and watched and became intimately acquainted with a new way of living, one that is rooted in sacrificial love, and that bears fruit through service. They discovered through him that they bore the image of God and were the light of the world. Through them, Jesus said, all those living according to the ways of the world could begin to know God, and live as children of God. He called that new way of living “eternal life” and said that it was God’s gift to the world. After Jesus’ death and resurrection signs of God’s peaceable kingdom have popped up all over the globe. We still see them today, even when the ways of the world seem so strong. All around people are being grasped by the good news and beginning to love and serve. Perhaps it will grasp even us, and we’ll see the kingdom today!
Thought for the Day: How has the good news grasped me?