Think Different--About the Kingdom of God
Check out this quote from the book Missional Church (edited by Darrell Guder):
If it is true, as I stated in another post, that our churches tend to “lean into the ideas of conquering and domination”—or as building and extending—how might we begin to think differently about the kingdom of God? Rather than thinking of it as something we own and control, how might we begin to “receive and enter” the kingdom of God?
A Shift in Thinking
This requires a major shift in thinking. It requires us to believe that God’s kingdom has already come. It requires us to believe that God is already at work in the world ahead of us.
Our churches need to believe that the kingdom of God has already come and that it really is ahead of us in the world. As we begin to believe that, we can “receive and enter” the kingdom of God as we enter into our neighborhoods and communities.
And when we do that, we get to join God in the work that God is already doing out there in the world.
Have you tended to think of the kingdom of God that we are to “build” or “extend”? How does it feel to think of the kingdom of God as something that we “receive and enter”?