Week 6, Day 2
Being a Preview of the Coming Kingdom
By: Allison Bretz
Matthew 10:7-14 - “And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals, or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house greet it. And if the house is worthy, let you peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let you peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to you words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.”
This passage is an invitation by Jesus, the reigning king, to participate in the spreading of his kingdom. With the coming of Jesus and his work in death and resurrection, that reign has been revealed to us already but we also await his return when his reign will be fully revealed. We are now invited to live like we believe this and spread the good news, his gospel, thus expanding the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells us three things in this passage.
Proclaim the Gospel
Tell people about Jesus’ reign over this world, how he has redeemed it, and what is to come with his return.
Jesus is the Example
We are to serve others just as Jesus did. We are to care for, heal, and interact with all people out of compassion and love and to spread the good news. Jesus gave up his life willingly and with nothing in return, and so should we for him. In this way we point those we serve to the true reigning King Jesus.
Care for One Another
The beauty of God’s coming kingdom is revealed in our communities as we support those that go out to spread the Gospel. As we care for one another, support a common goal, and trust in God’s provision, we share with others what the coming kingdom will look like.
How do you see sharing the Gospel and serving others as spreading and pointing to the Kingdom of God?