We want to see Your kingdom here’
These amazing words from Spirit Break Out, Jesus Culture, capture what is on the church’s heart.
We want to see the kingdom of heaven in our homes, cities and nations. We want a revival where all of our friends and families cry out that Jesus is Lord.
Can you see it? Can you hear it? The sound of heaven touching earth.
We all can get excited when we hear this message being preached in church. So we go home, and for a short while, we are ready to live completely for Jesus, declaring His glory and seeing His kingdom come. But I know for myself, I end up coming to a halt and questioning ‘how can I do that? What place do I have to do that?’
Last week at the Student Celebration, we meditated on what we felt God was calling us to do as students and 3 words came to my mind; belonging, participating and achieving.
Ironically, these 3 words are a part of my university assignment, but I knew it was what God was wanting to share with me.
I felt that these words were helping me understand how I, and others, can be a part of bringing God’s kingdom here. The more I thought about these words, God painted clearly what they meant and how they apply to us.
We are all God’s children. No matter our background, our skills, our looks, our abilities, we are His children. We belong to the kingdom of heaven and have a place at the banquet table.
‘The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are salves, some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one spirit, and we all share the same part’ – 1 Corinthians
A toe still belongs to the body. As does an eye. As does a hand. No matter who we are, we belong to the body of Christ and we are God’s children. This is true in the wider sense of God’s church, but also in our home church. Wherever we are, if God has called us there, we belong there. As the body of the church, we all belong to that body, one way or another.
We have to know, not just in our heads, but in our hearts, that we belong to God and we belong in our church. Until we know this, how can we dream with our church? How can we work together to share the gospel?
We do belong. And when we know this, we can do amazing things.
In our church, we all have something to bring. We are skilled in different ways and we all are able to serve.
If the foot says “I am not part of the body because I am not a hand” that does not make it any less a part of the body’… if your whole body where an ear, how would you smell anything’ – 1 Corinthians
We all have something to bring and just because it is not the same as someone else, does not mean it is any less valuable. At the same student night, someone shared an image of lots of droplets of paint coming together to create a beautiful picture. If we were all the same blue drop of paint, it wouldn’t be a very good painting.
We need to acknowledge that we are different, we are unique, but we are so valuable and needed. When we do this, we can start to serve and act as part of the body.
The ultimate goal: seeing God’s kingdom on earth. This is where it all leads back to. Jesus died on the cross, so we could be reunited with God and His kingdom could come to us.
It is our responsibility to ask for God’s heart in this, for Him to show us where to go, and for us as a body to go. But we can not do this unless we know that we belong to God and to our body and unless we do what God has made us to do. An eye needs to be an eye. A foot needs to be a foot. An eyelash needs to be an eyelash.
I fully believe that if we as a church (both locally and globally) believe we belong, accept that we have what we need to participate and are equally valuable, we will see God’s kingdom come to our city, and we will see Sheffield Transformed.