I love it when people reply and give me feedback, I don’t mind when people disagree with me, for me the most important thing is that people wrestle with what it means and how it looks in reality of everyday living to be a follower of Christ.
I posted a message about the research that shows that rather than trying to grow bigger trees a more fruitful way to see people come to faith and fullness is by planting small shrubs, and talked about people mistake growth through transfer as people coming to faith.
I got a comment reminding me of the verse which says “seek first the Kingdom of God” and maybe God is calling some people to pastor mega churches (and some mega churches are replanting in areas of deprivation where historically often the church has fled to the suburbs and now are returning which I believe must bring joy to the heart of God).
Yet as I thought about this more I began to think I wonder how much of this is to do with our own ideas of what it means for the Kingdom to come?
When Jesus came the first time the people were expecting a bit of a cross between Arnold Swatzeneggar and Tony Blair (A warrior and a politician rolled into one much like King David was) and yet he was born in poverty, “had no where to lay his head” and died upon the cross for our sins. Many people missed what God was doing throug Christ because of their beliefs of what that coming of the Messiah would look like.
When we pray Lord the your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven often God’s answer to that prayer doesn’t look like we think it does.
I read a great quote from Pete Greig who says “God doesn’t really do nostalgia” in other words God rarely does the same thing in the same way twice.
Sometimes we expect what God to do to look like we have always seen it before, Kingdom coming means large building and a fab sound system… When it might be the call to do a service in a nursing home bringing elderly and often forgotten people to know and re-connect with Christ’s love for them.
Maybe we think Christ’s coming in our lives might end up with us as a pastor of a church, when perhaps God is calling us to the vital roles of kids or teenage ministry, or perhaps the soup run or Foodbank?
Perhaps a prayer we can pray today is, “Lord, I want to seek first your Kingdom, and Lord help me recognise it when we see it begin to break in so that I can have the privildge and joy of being a part of what you are doing”.