Citizens of a new kingdom
Do you ever find that Christmas can sometimes bring a certain pressure? An inordinate amount of busyness and activity, the need to buy thoughtful and generous gifts, cooking the perfect dinner, and ensuring family harmony. Perhaps this only serves to highlight we’re not the kind of people we’d like to be, living in a world that isn’t as we think it should be. Through the Christmas season, wars and famine continue, people still live on the streets of our cities, families argue, and I’m still pretty rubbish. Sigh.
I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.” (Revelation 21:3-5 MSG)
Christmas reminds us of God’s promise to bring in a kingdom where wars, injustice and even death will be a thing of the past, and where we will live together with God. That’s our hope. God does have a plan. The best really is to come.
He invites us to start living today like citizens of the kingdom that has not yet been fully revealed.
And even where that is hard, when I continue to fail, and people hurt me, God demonstrates his ongoing commitment to grace, such that we really can experience something of the kingdom that is coming, and something of its king who reigns today.
What one thing could you change to give those around you a foretaste of God’s Kingdom of peace?
I work as Head of Global Communications for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), having previously worked with Compudava (now Endava) in Moldova, building web applications, and for Wesley Management, working with small businesses and charities. I have a passion to see intelligent application of digital technology to serve the Church and mission. Married to the lovely Ruth.