Jonathan's Perspective  

Feb 26

'Sharing God's Story'

According to Jesus, our main work is two-fold – invite people into the Kingdom of God and bring healing to broken and chaotic lives. The first time Jesus sends out the twelve he said to them:

“As you go, proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven has come near.’  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matt 10:7-8)

Our job is not to ‘get someone in’ but to invite someone in. You feel guilty? Come in here. Difficulties with children? Come in here. Broken marriage? Come in here. Loneliness? Come in here. Lost? Come in here. Need to figure out what to do with your life? Come in here. God loves you. God cares about you more than you will ever know. God wants to forgive you, heal you, and give you wisdom to overcome the difficulties of life. God your creator knows you inside and out. God knows what you need physically, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. God wants to be a part of every aspect of your life – even the things that you are ashamed of, or you are in bondage to.  

The most exciting thing that God says to us is ‘I will make you whole.’ We are told too often ‘you are okay’, when we are not okay. We don’t need acceptance; we need transformation. God never leaves us where He found us. When we trust our lives to God, the Spirit draws us further and further into His beautiful Kingdom and makes us more and more like Jesus. God delights in making all things new. Jesus tells us to let people know how we have entered into God’s grand story of forgiveness, love, and life. We get to point to the big Kingdom just like the disciples did - speaking about and acting out the renewing Kingdom of God. That good news brings hope to a world filled with hopelessness.

Inviting someone into the Kingdom and seeing them take their next step in God’s direction is a thrill. Then you or someone else can invite them to go a bit further in the same direction. Before you know it, the person has taken their final step into a whole new world in Christ. What joy we can know when we speak and act in such a way that a life is saved. 

Inviting you further into the Kingdom,

Jonathan

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