“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’
~ Luke 10:8 - 11
This past Sunday I shared in my sermon that as the 72 people chosen by Jesus were being sent out to share the good news of Jesus, he asked that when people were turned away, they would simply let those in the home know that the, "Kingdom of God had drawn near."
For each one of these encounters, it was a moment that was offering change. With so many encounters that we have in the world today with all kinds of situations, I am reminded that in every moment we are being given the opportunity for the kingdom of God to be drawn in.
All the events of our lives are like seeds that carry within the possibility of becoming a moment of change. No matter how sad or joyous the occasion, each come with an invitation. We no longer need to run from present time in search of the place where we think life is really happening.
I have often wondered what the profound meaning of life might look like if we begin to glimpse something of eternity in the present. When this happens, all the moments of our lives takes on new meaning.
The kingdom of God drawing near does more than allow for a few good moments between the many bad ones. It is the invitation to transform all our time, and allows our eyes to see what is invisible, and makes it visible for the world to see.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.