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December 2, 2019

Waiting for the Kingdom

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2)

How long are you willing to wait for what you desire? We live in the most prosperous time and country to date. Technology gives us almost immediate gratification. Microwaves and drive throughs meet our immediate needs. Real growth and maturity, however, come through waiting. The weight room (No pun intended) is an example. We know that we do not change overnight and we are willing to go back time and time again to grow. 

There was a four hundred year period between the last Old Testament book (Malachi) and the birth of Christ. Israel was waiting for God’s Kingdom through those years, and really, from the first act of defiance, thousands of years before, the world as a whole had been longing for reconciliation with its Creator. Then it came. Our Creator had a time and a place set for His entry into his creation. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). 

After all that waiting, the irony is, the world and Israel did not know or receive their promised King. “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him” (John 1:10-11). For us however the waiting is over. Sort of. We journey through an “already, not yet” life. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). The entry point into God’s family is belief in the Christ. The “Already.” We now head back into the weight room (spiritually speaking), getting after it, being obedient to our calling and faith. The “Not Yet.” Ultimately then, being reunited with our Father and King. The End!

Question: Where are you in the process of the “Already not Yet” life?

Challenge: Read John chapters 1-3.

Prayer: Father please help me embrace the life laid out for me now and to come.

Steve Sisco -- BC Staff

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