August 23

Hebrews 12:22-29

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe…” vs. 28

Jesus came announcing the presence of the kingdom of God and taught his followers to pray for its coming on earth as well as in heaven. Mostly though, the best we’ve been able to do is catch periodic glimpses of that kingdom…for this age, it remains a work in progress. The writer to the Hebrews reminded his readers that this coming kingdom was entirely a gift…it was something that they would receive that could never be taken from them…and they should respond in their worship with regular offerings of thanksgiving. His advice is appropriate for us too. When we do see people interacting and behaving in loving, merciful ways we should respond with thanks to God. Those words and deeds remind us that God is present in our world and that kingdom work is being done. What’s remarkable in our time is that we see these signs being done in all parts of the world by people belonging to a variety of faith expressions. Kingdom building is not just a Christian thing! There is a God movement sweeping the planet that is being manifested in acts of love and a move toward justice for all. The light of Christ is being seen in diverse places, and it’s all a foretaste of the goodness that will ultimately triumph. Thanks be to God!

Thought for the Day: Where do I see signs that goodness will triumph?

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