What is something you like to do on long weekends?
Jason said this week: The Kingdom of God has come with Jesus presence on earth and with us. Right now we can live under the rule and reign of Jesus in this world. Jesus says we can make a difference in the world. We can be salt, light, grace givers, bringing love and good news.
Last week we saw that everyone is welcome into God’s kingdom. Those grouped and labeled and perhaps feeling like an outsider, no longer should let those things keep them from coming to Jesus and being part of something amazing in the kingdom of God. Last week we talked about how people label people (including our own labels for ourselves ) vs how God see us. He welcomes us with an invitation to be part of the kingdom, to begin to live life WITH God here and now.
So the problem is that we all recognize there is a gap between what God says about who He is and who we are and what we say or believe.
The question for this week that we need to consider is how do we shrink the gap? How can we become those generous, loved filled people who can bring the kingdom to those around us?
We need to realize that what we think about Jesus will determine how we live.
Talk About It:
- How do we know there is a gap?
- Why do we not more easily line up with what Jesus says?
- What are some of our excuses or reasons for hearing the Word of God but not believing and walking in the truth of it?
- How did Jason’s story about his relationship with his dad relate to you?
- How did it illustrate a gap that often comes between us and God? (He thought he was wiser than his dad and had everything under control )
- What are sometimes or ways that we have disconnected from what we know God has said by doing things our own way. (We have heard but we haven’t followed)
- Jason suggested that we don’t have a clear enough vision of who Jesus is to fully follow Him. What was lacking in Jason’s vision of his dad that would have helped?
- What is missing or needs to expand in your vision of Jesus?
- What do you know about Him?
- What have you heard but not fully embraced?
- How does that effect the way you live?
- Catching a glimpse of how incomprehensible He is, how does it impact you to know that He fully knows your name, your story, your struggles, your hopes, your pain?
To be fully known and loved is something we all long for. We need to understand that He has always known us and had a plan for us to be close to Him, and to realize that even while we were still sinners he died for us. Every tear, every dream, every struggle, He knows and He is big enough, wise enough, loving enough, and has enough grace to powerfully include us in His plan, His kingdom, and the wholeness that He came to bring.
Receive it and it pass it on. That is part of the kingdom life.
- What can you do this week that will help you to learn more about who He is or be reminded of what you already know, and that will help you right where you are?
Identify where there are gaps. Address one this week by praying about it. Read scripture that addresses that gap. Listen to Christian music that reinforces the truth about who Jesus is. Ask others to direct you to places in the Bible that will help you to know Jesus fully.
It’s crazy not follow the One who made it all and who has a purpose for it all.
- What will you have to change in your thinking?
- What will you think about instead?
- How will you re-enforce this?
Check in with yourself next week and see what you were giving attention to and how that was a step toward transformation.
The gap won’t be filled completely because of something you do this week but setting your intention on knowing God better and following Him more completely will move you to where He wants you to be.
A good place to start:
Colossians 1:15-20, Ephesians 1:15-23, Philippians 2:5-11