Friday, January 09, 2009

The NOW Thing (Part 2)

"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." (2Corinthians 5:20).

Did you catch that? NOW then we are ambassadors for Christ. That's a NOW thing. It's not something you are going to be -- it is what you are right now. Whatever else God may do, and whenever, or wherever else He may decide to do it -- THIS is one thing that He is always doing NOW.

And exactly what is it? Using men and women just like us, unseen and often unappreciated, to become expressions of His light and love in a world overcrowded with darkness and dejection.

Imagine an underground river that flows incessantly in its course, unseen and unappreciated, but nevertheless supplying life and power to all within its sphere of influence. Such is the Kingdom of God in today's desert world.

Now imagine that on occasion, unpredictable and unexpected, the pressure of the water -- silent in its underground channels -- suddenly bursts forth above ground in a spectacular geyser that douses everybody in a downpour. The Kingdom of God is also like that.

But while the geysers come and go, the river continues steady and unceasing in its underground flow. We would be foolish to camp by the geyser hole, waiting for another eruption, and miss out on the constancy of the river -- which is forever the Now Thing that God is doing.

Yes, we rightly rejoice in what God has done, and we certainly fix our hope upon what God will do. But Jesus said, "I only do what I see the Father doing."

That's the key to living in the Kingdom right NOW.


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