We all feel like the world is not what it should be, and we are not what we should be. That’s because a God of love and power created this world to reflect his goodness, glory, and beauty. He brought us into being to take part in his life, to take care of his world, and to extend the goodness of his Kingdom. In the Kingdom of God, all of creation flourishes. Humans live for God’s glory and the life of the world by carrying the Kingdom of God everywhere we go. Have we lived up to that purpose?
Sadly, no. We rejected God’s Kingdom in favor of our own, and we faced the consequences. The reign of God gave way to the reign of death and sin, and we asserted our own wishes on the world. Now we look outward at the earth and see great evils like genocide and slavery. We also look inward and see the pride, greed and apathy from which those evils come. We are all a part of the problem. To banish sin and restore His Kingdom to the world he loves, God must do something about human evil. Our Creator has become our judge. Is there any hope for us? Is there any hope for the world?
On our own, there is nothing we can do, but God has not left us behind. In an act of gracious love, He became one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus carried the Kingdom of God into the world and stood in our place, living the way we were made to live. Jesus stood in our place again in his death, bearing our judgment as though he were responsible for what we have caused. Then through his resurrection, the reign of death and sin was broken and new life went forth by God’s Spirit. The return of His Kingdom began. How can we be a part of this Kingdom and begin this new life?
We turn away from the slavery of ruling ourselves. We trust in the work of Jesus and receive forgiveness. And we join with local communities of God’s people. Together we live for the glory of God and the life of the world. Together, we practice the way of God’s Kingdom and carry the good news of His grace to everyone we know…
...until the day when God completes His work and all His people are resurrected into the life of God’s restored world.