God’s Will • Devotion #1: What Are We Even Saying?
Richie Henson | Production Director
The church world loves to speak Christianese. We love to speak in code that makes sense to other believers but does not mean a whole lot to the world at large. Before I offend too many, let me give some examples of what I mean. Have you ever said or heard someone say, “I just have to let go and let God,” or “God will never give you more than you can handle?” My favorite, and one I have heard many times in my life is, “When God closes a door, He opens a window.”
I am not saying that any of these terms or phrases are inherently bad, but what I hope to draw attention to is that many times as Jesus followers, we can get caught up in sayings and fail to grasp the underlying truths they are trying to express.
At The River Church, we believe that God has called us to accomplish His will in many ways. We choose to sum up our work as a church through three simple words; Reach, Gather and Grow. I think it is awesome that we keep these words at the forefront of all we do because it helps us to stay focused on what is important. However, it can be easy to see them simply as words and to miss the truth they represent.
In Matthew 6:10, Jesus teaches us to pray for the Kingdom of God to come, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
As I was thinking of this simple phrase, I struggled to wrap my mind around it. It is easy to say this is a reference to the eventual return of Jesus to rule on the Earth, but I think it is important that we not get so heavenly minded we are no earthly good (another classic Christianese phrase from my childhood). What I mean is this, it is easy to think of God’s Kingdom as something distant, but in what ways is the Kingdom of God currently being manifested on the Earth? I think we need to look no further than the Church’s purpose. God’s kingdom comes to the Earth as people are reached with the Gospel, as we gather as a Church to praise God and encourage one another, and as we all grow to be more like Jesus.
So, as we pray, may we pray that God’s Kingdom of salvation, praise and growth be present now on the Earth just as it is forever present in Heaven. Let us pray that as a church and as individuals, we would strive to live with purpose to see the realities of Heaven be present now on the Earth.