The Kingdom

Daily reading: Luke 11:2-4
Sunday August 21, 2016

Focus passage: Jesus told them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, uphold the holiness of your name.  Bring in your kingdom.” Luke 11:2

As followers of Christ, we enter into the Kingdom of God knowing that it will craft us and mold us and make us new.

When I teach our baptism class to the youth of our congregation, we begin by making the comparison of our faith journey to that of learning a new language.

I teach them about the language of faith that we learn and speak and live as followers of Christ.  It is the language of love, of mercy, of compassion, of grace, of sin and forgiveness, it is the language sanctification.  Now for all of these terms, the kids look up definitions and we talk about the practical nature of living into this language. 

What does it look like to live and speak love?  What does it feel like to live and speak forgiveness? 
Why is it that we so often do the things we don’t want to do and know we shouldn’t do, and how amazing it is to know that we get second and third and forth and really uncountable chances to try and get it right again? 

What does it mean to be invited into a relationship with a holy, sacred God that is okay with you failing?

Prayer: God, help me to experience your kingdom today, in my words and my actions guide me.  Amen.


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