I long for being in God’s kingdom. I long for being in God’s presence. I long for a day when those who have hurt me and I have hurt can live together without bitterness and resentment running the risk of rearing its ugly head. I long for the day when hope is proven fruitful. I long for the day when sorrow is nothing but a faint memory. I long for the kingdom.
I think we all long for that. We all know that there are pieces in this world missing. There are pieces in this world that don’t belong We see the things that are t right. We have an idea of how things are supposed to be. It is with those realizations that are hearts ache to be where they are meant to be. it is where creation groans to go back to its source. Where creation can be fulfilling its intended purpose. A time where things will be made right.
The longing cannot produce anything of value if it is not followed by action though. While we long for a kingdom that we cannot fully reach until we have departed form this earth, we can catch glimpses of it. We can shine light on it during moments that we live here on this earth.
We can bring a little bit of God’s kingdom when we set aside our bitterness and resentment towards those who have hurt us and choose forgiveness instead. We can bring a little bit of a God’s kingdom when we meet the needs of others who are hurting. We can bring a little bit of God’s kingdom by expressing love and compassion to those who need it. We bring God’s kingdom to light when we do good. When we live in obedience and service to our true king we point the world to that king and his reigning kingdom.
It is those moments that are never on the news that ends up having the greatest impact on this earth. A work for Christ can have a greater impact than any murder, strife, battle, war, politician, failed economy, or hateful action. That is because those acts that point to God’s kingdom speak to the heart of creation itself. It is those moments that remind creation of where it belongs. It is those moments that remind creation that it has a king to follow.
My new job has been a unique experience. I spend my day on the phones speaking with students. Some students are angry, selfish, entitled, and what can only be described as hateful. There are other students as well though. There are students who choose to be caring and compassionate. They bring a little hope and joy to the moment. It is funny, I have noticed those students even when they are few and far between end up having the greatest impact on the day. I can only assume it is because I hunger for those moments the most. I can only assume are hunger for those moments the most because those are the moments that feel the most right. Those are the moments where I can say, “This is how it is supposed to be”.
Why don’t we strive harder to remind the world of how it is supposed to be? What if we lived our lives as a beacon of reminders? What impact would this world face? What ripples would extend from those single moments? How would it shake the world on such a deep level that even the greatest earthquake would be unable to compare? We already know the world has become something it was not intended to be. We know that very well. When are we going to go beyond just longing? When are we going to start making the world long with us? When are we going to start reminding the world that there is more than this? When are we going to realize that these small actions carry a huge impact?
Go beyond longing my friends. Be the lighthouse that creation cannot possibly ignore. Show the world what it is it longs for, but is unable to put into words. Bring change beyond the years of war, death, and suffering.