As It Is in Heaven
Theme of the Week: True Compassion
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Key Bible Verse: "Heal the sick, and tell them, 'The Kingdom of God is near you now.'" (Luke 10:9)
Dig Deeper: Luke 10:1-20
Although a lot of Christians are sorry when things don't turn out the way they're supposed to, too few of us are willing to get our hands dirty actually doing something about it.
I think this is partly why Jesus instructs his followers to pray this way: "May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." (Matt. 6:10).
If we're courageous enough to join Jesus in praying that prayer, shouldn't we be courageous enough to work for it as well? I think so.
When I was growing up, we sang a song that went like this: "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace." That sounded good to me. But as I got older, I began to question the idea that our ultimate hope was to detach ourselves from this world, hoping it would grow "strangely dim" in the process. Jesus seems to be more focused on engaging this world, bringing the reality of heaven to earth, redeeming and restoring his creation. Far from causing the things of earth to grow dim, the light of Gods glory and grace illuminates and sharpens our vision of the world. Source of quote: Helen H. Lemmel, "Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus," 1922, Public Domain.
—Jason Mitchell in No Easy Jesus
Adapted from No Easy Jesus by Jason Mitchell (Tyndale Momentum, 2017) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Savior, grant me the boldness to turn my compassion into action; help me to meet the needs you call me to meet in this world.
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