That Krazy Kingdom

In the summer of 2006, Chrissy and I (and maybe a small dog) will travel with a team to Boston, Mass., joining another team of 11 from Harding University and an existing group already there.

We’re not going for the healthy job market, the robust city life, the opportunities for furthering our higher education, or even for the Red Sox. We’re going because God is already working in Beantown and has called us to join Him.

In a phrase, we want to see the Kingdom of God break forth in a new and powerful way in one of the major educational and corporate hubs in the world.

Jesus was and is all about Kingdom. He confused disciples and crowds to no end speaking of the Kingdom of Heaven, and I wonder if Christians today aren’t just as perplexed by the concept.

Kingdom is a main theme throughout God’s story in His Word, from Abram to Paul. For the Israelites, the Kingdom of God was a tangible nationality of which Yahweh was the figure-head. Jesus allegorized Kingdom in many ways. Just in Matthew, He said the Kingdom of God was like:

…ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
…a man going on a trip. He called together his servants and gave them money to invest for him while he was gone.
…a farmer who planted good seed in his field.
…a mustard seed planted in a field.

…and my favorite…

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field–and to get the treasure, too!”

One could spend a lifetime unpacking the meaning of each of these allegories, but the bottom-line principle is fairly straightforward: Jesus was more concerned about the Kingdom of God breaking forth than just about anything else.

I am convinced that the Kingdom is breaking forth when a believer is the only light in a dark office, when a single mother instills in her children a faith in Almighty God, when an older Christian man recognizes the veiled glory behind a Taco Bell counter, or when students gather around a flag pole to pray for their school.

One does not have to move across the country or world to plant churches to participate in the in-breaking of God’s Kingdom, but one does need to have a kingdom view of faith in Jesus Christ. If we care more about expanding the walls of our churches than expanding the Kingdom of God, we need to go back and read the gospels.

When in doubt, think Kingdom. Jesus did.

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