January 14, 2016

Seek ye first the kingdom of God

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Matthew 6.33

The King James version is a little more fun. Jesus says, "Priority one? Seek the Kingdom of God. Everything else follows that." My interpretation. You get the point.

If we church folk want to be in the kingdom of God business–the business of announcing and participating in God's divine presence and work that's mixing up with whomever God pleases–than we have to embrace the likelihood that if we follow Jesus pattern, it will require that we cross some boundaries.
In particular, it will require us to engage the non-church folk around us. Not to coerce them into believing something. Rather, we need to engage non-church folk because the legacy of God's people throughout Scripture and beyond points out that God's presence and action is discovered as we engage the "other."

Want to participate in the kingdom of God? Get to know those on the margins, outside your church, in your neighborhood.

I recommend Stephanie Spellers' book, Radical Welcome. Or The New Parish by Sparks, Soerens and Friesen, to help you get started.

For a simpler approach, pick up Mike Frost's latest, Surprise the World.

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