‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.’
Tucked away in these two chapters we’ve been looking at this week (Luke 11-12) is this astonishing verse. What does it mean that God, our Father, has given us the kingdom? Could it be that rather than simply being citizens in it we are in some way to share Christ’s reign over it? Wow!
In Genesis 1 we are given the picture of Adam and Eve ‘reigning’ over the world: (Genesis 1:28) ‘God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
This of course comes to a tragic end with the Fall, ever since we’ve been wrecking our home and living out of kilter from it, but could it be that here Jesus is restoring humanity back to where it was made to be? Is this what our ‘salvation’ is for? Is this how we are to finally fulfil the promise made to Abraham that his descendants will bless the world (Gen. 12:1-3)?
Lots of questions! Spend some time prayerfully listening to how God answers them, and asking what that might mean for how you live today.