Tales from the Great Adventure

a journal of living-like-we-mean-it, by Derek Maul

 “As you go, proclaim the good news: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.'” – Matthew 10:7

IMG_2170This morning my discipleship class will be discussing Matthew 10. It’s an interesting and provocative chapter, containing the instructions Jesus gives when he sends his followers out on their first mission.

In a nutshell, Jesus tells his friends to share this one simple message: “The kingdom of heaven has come near!”

Wow! That statement almost sends shivers down my spine! I can imagine the disciples looking around, wondering. It’s near! Do you feel it? Can you sense the fact of something extraordinary? Can I reach out and touch it?

When Jesus talks like this it’s evident that he is referencing something beyond a philosophy or an idea; this is something palpable – something so real that you might bump into it.

Here’s what I’m wondering now, today – two thousand years later and right here in North Carolina: Can people sense the fact that the kingdom is near when we are living our lives as disciples? Is there anything about the way that we live as followers of The Way that leaves this feeling – something palpable – that, “The kingdom of heaven has come near”?

It’s what I want to achieve when I write. It’s what I want to shed, like little shards of light, as I live from day to day. It’s what I want people to sense with a growing understanding when they hang around our community of faith.

dsc_0343-001Listen to the good news! The kingdom of heaven has come near! (NRSV) Proclaim the message: The kingdom of heaven has come near! (NIV)

– It’s the truth that Rebekah is asking God to speak to people through her words as she prepares the message for the worship services this morning at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.

It’s the most important message we can offer; it’s the most important good news we can receive – DEREK

 

One thought on ““As you go, proclaim the good news”

  1. This is a commandment for which we like to make lots of excuses. I don’t want to be politically incorrect, I don’t want to seem like a holy roller Jesus freak, I don’t want to alienate anybody, etc. When we were in Belize with the youth last summer there was a lady in the other church serving with us with an amazing gift for sharing the gospel. At least twice she shared the gospel with people and led them to accept Christ. I pray that I may grow to be so bold and stop making excuses. Praying for the frozen chosen to thaw out and share the gospel as Jesus commanded.

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