‘Probing Deeper’ Meditations: 29. Kingdom coming near
Lk 10:9 “Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
We’re back to the unnerving stuff of Scripture, truths, commands, instructions of which we find ourselves uncomfortable. This was Jesus sending his disciples out on a training exercise. Suppose our leaders instructed us to “go out in pairs and find someone to pray over and heal.” (Leaders only do it, not because you hear of other churches doing it, but because you’ve heard the Holy Spirit’s prompting to encourage your people in this way!)
But it’s only what Jesus instructed of disciples (starting with leaders) – to bring in the kingdom – Mt 28:20 / Jn 14:12. We’re back there again and it has to start with “me”. Is this a marker to show us where we are – or not? Is this something that focuses the kingdom curriculum that demands our focus until we get there and ARE doing it?
I want to be honest. I have found this series perhaps the most difficult ever to write because I don’t want to teach what I haven’t entered into myself. But before we get to the end of this series there are three things to note.
First, I have called some these things, parts of ‘the kingdom curriculum’. A curriculum you will know is a learning list for a course, things that a prospective student knows they will be having to get to grips with soon, to be worked on in the days to come.
The second thing is that we are learners or, as it is sometimes put in a different context, works in progress. I am not all the way yet, but I am on the path, I am going somewhere as Jesus directs.
The third thing is that when it comes to spiritual matters, power and revelation are in His hands alone. If we are waiting for revival or renewal, we are waiting for a move of God and you and I can’t make Him move. He will move when He sees the time is right and the world is ripe for harvesting. In the meantime we must just seek to remain faithful, be obedient and be available. When we talk about ‘the kingdom’ we are talking about Jesus’ rule. The New Testament speaks about how Jesus intercedes for us (Heb 7:25) as our advocate (1 Jn 2:1) but that is his continual reminder to heaven that we are his, bought by his work on the Cross. That should bring us assurance and confidence but I find the greater assurance I have is that he is ruling in the midst of his enemies (Psa 110:1,2) and that he will continue ruling until the end that the Father decrees (1 Cor 15:24,25). You and I are to have this mindset: we are the body of Christ, led and inspired and empowered by Him to do his works to reveal the rule of Jesus in and around us. Yes? Yes!!!