No matter how tasty a chocolate, if it's in the trash, covered in banana peels and beer cans and dirty underwear I'm not interested. Sometimes, the Kingdom of God is as confusing to the world as us offering them chocolates under all the garbage of our lives. In effect, we make the Kingdom inaccessible to those around us because of the garbage they have to sift through to get to it. But God is consistently working for Kingdom opportunities in the lives of others, through His Kingdom people. We've got to let Jesus' reign over the Kingdom become our reality by making present the Kingdom of God to the world around us.
Part 2 - The Kingdom Consistent
Who wants chocolates if they're covered in crap? NOBODY, that's who!
Matthew 6:10 CEV – “[God] come and set up Your Kingdom, so that everyone on earth will obey You, as You are obeyed in heaven.”
2 Peter 3:9 CEV - God is patient, because He wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.
Brandon Cook - How to Live and Love Like Jesus
We have good news of new life available in and through God, but if we don’t demonstrate the care of Jesus and His posture in how we are with people, the message rings hollow.
The Kingdom COMES wherever we CARRY it
John 4:3-10 CEV
3 Jesus…started for Galilee again. 4 This time he had to go through Samaria, 5 and on his way he came to the town of Sychar. It was near the field that Jacob had long ago given to his son Joseph. 6-8 The well that Jacob had dug was still there, and Jesus sat down beside it because he was tired from traveling. It was noon, and after Jesus’ disciples had gone into town to buy some food, a Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well.
Jesus asked her, “Would you please give me a drink of water?”
9 “You are a Jew,” she replied, “and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink of water when Jews and Samaritans won’t have anything to do with each other?”
10 Jesus answered, “You don’t know what God wants to give you, and you don’t know who is asking you for a drink. If you did, you would ask me for the water that gives life.”
Many of those Jesus invited into His Kingdom had been deserted by their own
John 8:3-11 CEV
3 The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law of Moses brought in a woman who had been caught in bed with a man who wasn’t her husband. They made her stand in the middle of the crowd. 4 Then they said, “Teacher, this woman was caught sleeping with a man who isn’t her husband. 5 The Law of Moses teaches that a woman like this should be stoned to death! What do you say?”
6 They asked Jesus this question, because they wanted to test him and bring some charge against him. But Jesus simply bent over and started writing on the ground with his finger.
7 They kept on asking Jesus about the woman. Finally, he stood up and said, “If any of you have never sinned, then go ahead and throw the first stone at her!” 8 Once again he bent over and began writing on the ground. 9 The people left one by one, beginning with the oldest. Finally, Jesus and the woman were there alone.
10 Jesus stood up and asked her, “Where is everyone? Isn’t there anyone left to accuse you?”
11 “No sir,” the woman answered.
Then Jesus told her, “I am not going to accuse you either. You may go now, but don’t sin anymore.”
Many of those Jesus invited into His Kingdom had been disgraced by their own
John 5:1-9 CEV
Jesus went to Jerusalem for another Jewish festival. 2 In the city near the sheep gate was a pool with five porches, and its name in Hebrew was Bethzatha.[b]
3-4 Many sick, blind, lame, and crippled people were lying close to the pool.
5 Beside the pool was a man who had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw the man and realized that he had been crippled for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to be healed?”
7 The man answered, “Lord, I don’t have anyone to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up. I try to get in, but someone else always gets there first.”
8 Jesus told him, “Pick up your mat and walk!” 9 Right then the man was healed. He picked up his mat and started walking around.
Many of those Jesus invited into His Kingdom had been discounted by their own
If we don't share the Kingdom NOW others won't experience the Kingdom THEN
Jesus restored people's humanity:
- To the woman at the well Jesus said - You're IMPORTANT even though you feel like an outcast.
- To the woman caught in adultery Jesus said - You may be BROKEN but you're not beyond healing.
- To the crippled man Jesus said - You're NOTICED - even though you feel ignored.
John 5:17 CEV
"My Father has never stopped working, and that is why I keep on working."
Bottom Line: When Jesus REIGNS in your REALITY you're making present the Kingdom of God in your region
What Jesus wants you to know:
- You're important in God's Kingdom - there's a place for you
- You're not too broken for God to use - there's a place for you
- You're noticed by God, He loves you and so do we!
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