Happy New Years everyone. I wanted to share a thought I’ve been having today, so here it is.
Every year my friend Jerry hosts a New Years Eve Party that lasts from 10 P.M New Years Eve to 10 A.M New Years day. Of course people stay till 4 P.m New Years day, in fact that’s where I am typing from now, At Jerry’s house. Keep this thought in the back of your head.
The Kingdom of God is awesome, and it’s hard to completely define, but one thing is for sure, when the church (the people) realize what their mission is as God’s people, to usher the Kingdom of God on to earth and to declare the gospel. They start to change everything around them. It is so important for us as Christians to realize that when we are gathered together at any time, from Sunday Morning, to dinner at a friends house, we are participating in the Kingdom of God here on earth. When we realize that everything we are doing here on earth has major spiritual implications, we then realize that even things we don’t always see as “spiritual” activity’s are now completely spiritual. Let me give you an example.
at 12. A.M the ball dropped, I screamed happy new year with 60 people and we ran outside banging pots and pans for about 15 minutes. After that we came back in and danced our hearts out for the next 45 minutes. The bass was booming and people were dancing, and in that moment it was Holy. It was Holy because we realized what we were doing. We weren’t just dancing. We were dancing with Jesus, we were participating in the Kingdom of God celebrating a new year. Guys who never dance, were right in the middle looking like fools (mainly me), and did not care at all about how they looked. Because the point wasn’t the individual, it was the group, it was the collective group celebrating together a new year. At that moment the church of God was gathered in someones house, blasting music and being goofy human beings laughing, dancing, and singing all while God was right in the middle.
The night didn’t stop there, it was filled with discussions about the church, missions, and the gospel around a camp fire with new friends that we met that night. While people were discussing around a fire outside, other people were in a heated mario kart tournament, others were asleep, others were reading, others were upstairs eating. By 4.30 there was a massive poker tournament while a few friends cooked breakfast for everyone and by 8 we had transformers 3 on. At this point me and my cousin Joe left to go sleep at his house for a few hours, but people were at Jerry’s house until 4. p.m. And now about 10 of us are back at Jerry’s watching the football game. Some are playing poker, I’m typing a blog, and others are wearing Giants jersey’s and cheering their butts off. It’s wonderful because as I look around I see the Kingdom. I’m seeing a glimpse of heaven. Community, conversation, unity, all with God in the center of it all. Without our faith it’s empty. Without Jesus this weekend was just a nice party. But because of what Jesus did on the cross, because we are able to be restored to God, this weekend was Holy. This weekend the Kingdom of God was at Jerry’s house and it was a blast.
If we limit our view of our spirituality to just “spiritual” things then we miss out on 90% of what God is trying to show us. Let’s face it even the most devoted Christian is in a spiritual setting at the most maybe 4 times a week. If we assume that God only works in those times, then we assume that in the other times, God is not really interested in what we are doing. We assume that God isn’t interested in talking to us, or walking with us when we are doing things like grocery shopping, or watching a movie, or working out. We separate (not necessarily on purpose) our spiritual time from our “non” spiritual time. This however is a foreign idea in the Bible.
First there is no word for “spiritual” in the Hebrew scriptures. For the Jewish people everything they did had spiritual implications because we are spiritual beings. the word breath we see in Genesis 2:7 doesn’t just mean to literally breathe. It also means spirit. So when God “breathed” in to man he gave man his spirit. We are the only created being that is part spiritual (breath of God) and part physical (from the dust). This truth should completely change the way we see the word “spiritual”. Everything we do is spiritual because we are spiritual beings.
When you connect the dots you see quickly that the Holy spirit is the presence of God dwelling inside of us. That means that wherever we walk, the Kingdom of God is walking with us. God is not limited to the times that we have decided to make more spiritual than others. This is not to say that Sunday mornings, youth group, other “church” events are bad. Not at all, but what I’m suggesting is that it can not stop there. Because God doesn’t stop there. Wether we choose to believe it or not, God is going everywhere that we go. That means that now everything we do God is a part of. When six of my brothers and I are sitting around a table playing poker, God is right there with us in the middle of it. When I’m watching football, God is right there with me. Why not talk to Him? God doesn’t need us, but He desires us. He created us for His pleasure and He desires to know us, and he desires us to know Him.
What that looks like is for another post. 🙂
Blessings. Where you walk, the Kingdom of God walks.