8/01/2011

The kingdom is never about God and I

Tuesday August 9th, Romans 10: 5 Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: "The man who does these things will live by them." 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 "or 'Who will descend into the deep?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," It is not through the road of a righteous high that you find God, it is not through a road of ascetic deprivation that you find God. Both of these approaches are about you. Ways that are about you are by nature self-absorbed and not about God. Ones walk with God is about recognizing the Kingdom is near, God is with you. The Kingdom is in your heart and in your mouth, and the Kingdom is in the heart and mouth of those on the other side of life and the other side of the world. The kingdom is never about God and I, it is always about God and the universal we. God and I is about ignoring one of the central tasks of being a child of God, to bring the good news to others in word and in deed. Until you bring the Gospel out there, you never quite find it in here.

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