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Simpler than we think

Acts 2:42-47 - All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Living out the Kingdom of God may be simpler than we think.

Today’s verse is a snapshot of what the first churches looked like. Sounds a lot different than what goes on in most of our churches isn’t it? It almost sounds like one big happy family. Well… it was. The church functioned like a family: meeting each other’s needs, celebrating, eating, and worshiping together.

This is a great picture of what the Kingdom of God looks like in ordinary things. This early church lived out the Kingdom in their interactions with each other. For us, we can do the same. We can live as a church family and find God in the normal things. We can eat meals together, we can pool our resources to help each other out, and we worship the God who unites us together in this family. This is participating in the Kingdom of God.

Let’s not limit this to our church family. We can do these things with anybody! After all, they are pretty normal activities. They are activities in the Kingdom of God; we just need to open our eyes to see it.

What are your communities like? Would you describe them as a family, or something else? Take a few minutes in prayer to ponder what it would look like to find the Kingdom of God in your communities.

I am with you always...

Matthew 28:20 - …And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Yesterday we talked about expectations of the Kingdom of God. We saw that it can be found in the ordinary in our lives, like a meal with friends or playing with your kids. What are our expectations for Jesus though?

Maybe you don’t have any expectations of Jesus. Perhaps you think Jesus is far off and will only be present when he returns. You could even think that when Jesus comes he is going to wipe out all the evil and sinners with His righteous judgment. Set all of that aside. What are YOUR expectations of Jesus? Not what other people have told you. What do you see in Scripture to base your expectations of Jesus on?

In the passage for today, Jesus was telling His disciples that he would be with them to the end of the age. As it was true for the disciples, it is true for us. Jesus is in our midst today. Much like how the kingdom is in the ordinary, so is Jesus. Jesus is with us in the normal things of life.

What does that look like for you? Think about where you have seen Jesus in your everyday life. Keep your eyes pealed today for where Jesus might show up.

In Your Ordinary

Luke 17:20-21   Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

Are you going to see the Kingdom of God today?

Much of the time we might be tempted to think the kingdom of God is in doing church things. Going to Bible studies, showing up on Sunday's, volunteering for kids min, etc. 

Or perhaps we wait on the Kingdom of God. Jesus will bring it when he comes back. For now, we need to work on the many issues that plague the world until Jesus comes back. 

These are all good things. Getting involved in the church and working on some of the problems in the world is a great thing to do. However, I think Jesus is trying to challenge us in our expectations concerning where His kingdom shows up in our lives.

In the Scripture for today, Jesus says the Kingdom of God is in our midst. It's right here, right now. It's in our ordinary and everyday lives. The key is keeping our eyes open for it. It may be in the cup of coffee you get with a friend. Or perhaps it is present when you play with your kids. It's in these things where we see the Kingdom of God.

So Jesus is challenging you today. Will you keep your eyes peeled for God's Kingdom in your ordinary?