but the earth he has given to man. ~ Psalm 115: 16
Several months ago Steve Thompson visited the irenic hills of Kentucky to talk about the Kingdom of God. During one of his chats, almost as an aside, he observed, “People like to say ‘God is in control.’ I’ve got news for you--he’s not. If God were in control the world would look a lot different than it does.” His words have echoed around this place for months.
Some people were scandalized, some were energized. Steve’s point: we have been told a great many things about God in our lives, but have we examined them to see if they fit with our personal experience? For example, if Jesus came to proclaim and demonstrate the in-breaking of God’s Kingdom, doesn’t that mean there are places on the earth where God does not rule and reign? What is the evidence in my own life: is God “in control” of my heart? my thoughts? my actions? Or perhaps my world: is God in control of my neighborhood or community? We can extend these same questions further and further outward.
Jesus invited his disciples to participate with him in the mission. He included them early and often (see Matthew 10, Luke 9, and Luke 10). He was still inviting and including the disciples even as he prepared to go to the Father:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. ~ Acts 1: 8
Each Monday is an opportunity for meditation. Perhaps these questions can influence your week:
- What is my role as an agent of God’s Kingdom?
- How does my job differ from God’s job?
- Is God in control?