THE KINGDOM OF GOD
by Dana Franchetti
Scripture Focus: Luke 10:1-24
In this section of Luke, Jesus illustrates that the calling of Christ will not always be an easy one. It is interesting here that Jesus assumes that his followers will, in fact, face opposition and difficulty. The truth is, I don’t know very many people who haven’t struggled in the midst of trying to follow God’s call on their lives. Sometimes the struggle is from friends and family members who don’t get it, sometimes the struggle might be that the calling is really stretching you.
However, the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is what Jesus says in verses 8-12. In this section, Jesus says that there will be some who welcome his followers with open arms and hospitality and there will be some who try to chase them out of town– but in both instances, the truth remains the same “the Kingdom of God has come near”. This is the good news of the gospel, that in the midst of the highs and lows of life and faithfulness, God is near. God is at work in you and in the world. God has walked through the greatest joys and the ultimate trial and in the midst of all of it, God was and is good. God was and is faithful. And God will continue to be good and faithful as we continue to journey in faithfulness to him.
Reflection: Take a few minutes to take stock of the highs and lows of your life and ministry. Can you point to the moments where God was near and at work in your life? Are there moments where you didn’t realize God’s faithfulness at the time, but in hindsight, you can recognize it?
Prayer: God, as I strive to follow you faithfully, make me keenly aware of your presence at work in and through my life. Help me to not lose sight of your faithfulness, but instead help my life be a living testimony to your goodness.