7 And as you go, preach this message: ‘Heaven’s kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch.’ 8 You must continually bring healing to lepers and to those who are sick, and make it your habit to break off the demonic presence from people, and raise the dead back to life. Freely you have received the power of the kingdom, so freely release it to others.
Matthew 10:7-8 The Passion Translation
The gospel of the kingdom is inherently disruptive.
By disruptive, we mean a new way of living that is so different and so bold that it is hard to imagine. And those who open their minds and hearts to the mission and message of the Kingdom are positioning themselves to be disruptors.
The disciples of Jesus were disruptors in every sense of the word. They were risk takers who left their comfort zone and everything they knew to live a life worthy of the gospel. While they were not always aware of what was happening, they found following Jesus gave them meaning and purpose.
Sad to say, many believers today want to follow Jesus but they do not want to give up control over their lives. They are the ones who are never satisfied, content or grateful—who continually look to escape that feeling of personal disconnection with God by filling themselves with all kinds of distraction.
Distraction is one of the devil’s greatest weapons in dimming down our focus that we never truly value what God has done for us and what God desires to do for us. This leads to a superficial faith so when everything goes wrong, we can blame God for all our problems, misery and pain. If this is us—then we need to ask ourselves the sort of a gospel we have been believing all this while.
If the gospel you believe is not moving you towards a real care and concern for the lost and the hurting—then please consider what you have been believing is actually the gospel.
If the gospel you believe does not encourage people and love them as much as you love yourself—then please consider what you have been believing is actually the gospel.
If the gospel you believe segregates and compartmentalises people, and if we do not tell them that God has opened wide the door to invite all to enter, then please consider if what you have believed is the gospel.
If the gospel you believe makes you a bystander, and not a disruptor for the Kingdom, go and hear the gospel again. But this time, do as it tells you to do.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is it saying about God and me and helping me in my Christian walk?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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