“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.” John 1:10-11 (NLT)
All throughout history, humans have been trying to get to God, become like God, or prove there is no God. Because of the fall of humanity through Adam and Eve, we are born with a twisted view of our relationship with God.
When Jesus came into the world, he turned things around on us. Instead of us trying to get to God, God came to us through Jesus. God became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Jesus is the human form of God, demonstrating to us that God still wants people to exist and to exist in the way he created us.
Contrary to what you may have thought your entire life, holiness begins with what we currently have, not with some day in the future when we have it all together.
Our goal is not to try and escape our present reality, but for our reality to become the place in which we welcome the kingdom of God. Desiring the kingdom means receiving the kingdom into our current situation. No matter your circumstance, whether it be dark and hopeless or bright and full of hope, we need to allow the presence of Jesus to enter in.
Jesus will then begin to give life to what we are currently doing, by making changes (usually small and slow), or by revealing himself through what is already going on around you. Stop thinking you need your life in order; allow God to enter and use what you have right now.
When I graduated from Prairie College, I was given a diamond willow staff. Every Bachelor of Arts grad got one. The message behind that staff was that God used what was in the hand of Moses. It was just a stick, but God said, “what is that in your hand?”, and then used it to perform miracles.
God wants to use what you have in your hand, even if you think it is worthless. Do you want God to use what you have?
In the next and final post on desiring the kingdom, I will suggest some practical things we can do on a daily basis that will help us see how God is entering into our lives.