Where's the Kingdom?

Kingdom The word brings to mind fairy tales and places without democracy and the “Kingdom of Breckenridge.”

We don’t live in a kingdom here in the United States. Right? A kingdom has to be somewhere. Right?

And yet…we Christ-followers name Jesus as our Lord and King. We pray “Your kingdom come…” Jesus says that the kingdom is near. (Mark 1:15) And all too often, we think of the kingdom as heaven, a place we’ll go someday.

I wonder if we miss Jesus’ point. Perhaps this Kingdom isn’t a physical place but rather a “place” of connection with God. Jesus’ kingdom is not about his ultimate rule over and above others, but about relationship. Our relationship with God, with one another and with creation.

We see the Kingdom coming to life when we give 100 Thanksgiving Baskets to families of the Paris Elementary community in Aurora. We feel the Kingdom present when we help the kids of the Open Door after school program be creative in arts and crafts. We create the Kingdom as we work with homeowners to spruce up neighborhoods with Extreme Community Makeover. We open the Kingdom when we play Bingo at The Gathering Place. We spread the Kingdom with Confluence Ministries building networks and learning communities in Denver.

The Kingdom is near and we’re part of it. It’s not a place where we go to. It’s where we are when we join Jesus in his mercy to change me, we and the world.

And the Kingdom is REALLY there when we gather like we will tomorrow at 9:00 and 10:30 am. It’s fuller when you’re there. Tomorrow is the last Sunday of the church year: Christ the King Sunday! And, Sylas Jon will be baptized at 10:30. So, be there!

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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