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Subversive Kingdom
Subversive Kingdom

One of the most familiar yet radical statements in Scripture comes from the prayer Jesus taught his disciples to pray: "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). We're never going to see this culmination perfectly fulfilled, of course, until Christ returns in full glory, when he will bring a highly visual end to the rebellion of the world's system. But until that time, our rescued condition—our new kingdom citizenship with its transferred loyalties—compels us into becoming agents of "rebellion against this rebellion," working intentionally to subvert the devil's claim to authority overours and others' individual lives. In a sense we are a worldwide network of underground operatives, poking more holes in Satan's enterprise than he can possibly plug. We live out a daring mission, serving others and pulling them back from his traps while his back is turned ….

Come on. Don't you want a piece of that?

Now I get that some people out there will object to this language—and some maytake it out of context. (I can see it now on some blog site run by a guy who lives in his mother's basement: "Missiologist calls for subversive agents of world conquest.") No,the subversive action to which I refer is sharing and showing the good news of Jesus. That's really subversive! King Jesus will come back, and "the kingdoms of this world" will become "the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ" (Rev. 11:15 KJV). In themeantime, we are just doing what Jesus did—announcing the good news and living out its message in incredibly subversive ways.

Being a kingdom agent means becoming one who "loses his life" from a worldly point of view (Mark 8:35) in order to find true life for ourselves ...

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