Two chapters remain of Martin Thielen’s book What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? Chapter 20 is entitled JESUS’ VISION and subtitled “What Is God’s Dream for the World?”
“The kingdom of God is what the world would look like if God ruled the world,” Thielen says. Jesus’ primary concern, His passion, was the kingdom of God. We should pray for God’s kingdom to come — but we should also seek to usher in the effects of that kingdom now.
MY RESPONSE: I agree with Thielen’s view of the kingdom. He is right that many Christians see the kingdom as only future. But we should long for aspects of God’s rule now — in this world.
The examples he gives of unselfish Christians helping their neighbors in this world are encouraging. Too often we live for ourselves. There are needs all around — and if Jesus is our King, we ought to step up and tackle those needs!
Thielen talks about “God’s dream” for His world as recorded in Isaiah 65. This passage makes it clear that social issues are concerns of God and ought to be our concerns as well.
The question is: What am I doing today that shows that Jesus is reigning in my heart and in my family that will draw others to King Jesus?