Thy Kingdom Come...

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"All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved." - Acts 2:44-47

"Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…" – Matthew 6:10

As followers of Jesus, the people in Acts 2 prayed each day the Lord's Prayer, including the call to build a Kingdom of God, here on earth, right now. "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." As I think about being touched by the spirit, as I become the improved "me", as I put my new fuller "me-ness" into fruitful action - I contemplate the question of how do these values affect our view of the world. Faith is not the one hour in church; faith is the other 167 hours this week in the world. John Ortberg, pastor and author, talks of not only being saved by grace, but living in grace.

In the world today, there are so many issues: Immigration, energy, environment, healthcare, broken families, and the list goes on. There are no easy answers. Even helping those in need sometimes is difficult. For example, how can feeding the hungry be controversial? Dom Helder Camara (the archbishop of São Paulo) said, "When I fed the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why are the poor hungry, they called me a communist. " Helping seems ok; trying to make changes challenges powerful interests.

The questions are endless; and yes, there are legitimate arguments and concerns on all sides of any issue. You and I may argue about the solutions - or even the issues. But hopefully, as we contemplate how to build that Kingdom of God, we approach each other with that glad and generous heart, in praise for God!

For me, those last few lines of Acts Chapter 2 remind me to ask the questions. Mainly to ask “what does my faith tell me I must do in the world?” And then to ask "how"? How can we come a little closer to the goal stated in our daily prayer? "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."

Holy One, there are so many problems. No answer seems right. What will happen to our safety? To our country? To our economy? Raise up leaders for us that will ask "how"? Give us the voice to bring our faith to our civic and political life. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Apr 15 2018