Pastor Art Barrett
New Life Christian Fellowship
Mark 1:15 “At last the time has come!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Turn from your sins and believe this Good News!”
Remember that “hell hotel” experience, walls so thin and the people in the next room so loud you laid awake thinking, “They’ll breakthrough any minute!” Recall walking onto that frozen body of water to the place the icy barrier between you and the watery kingdom below is so thin you freeze in place, suddenly detecting crystalized fractures darting every direction. At that thin place ‘breakthrough’ is at hand, two worlds now segregated, near integration.
“The Kingdom of God is near,” says Jesus! There are moments that get our attention, where opportunity taken or forsaken will change our lives. In those moments we stand at a “thin place,” the boundaries of kingdom of this world are ready to give way as the Kingdom of Heaven on the other side presses for “Breakthrough.”
Too long, the “Kingdom of God” stood a mystery, distanced from me. Jesus teaches me pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth the way it is done in heaven.” Heaven is where the rule and reign is done perfectly, no sin, no sorrow, pain, sickness, death or devil. Jesus makes it simple, “the Kingdom is at hand,” it is within my touch. I am at a “thin place,” the reign of the King is fixed to breakthrough into my life.
How Lord? “Turn from your sins,” think differently. I must get God’s mind on my direction and action. Then “believe,” put the weight of my life’s action and direction on what God has spoke. Lord, I accept the invitation to think differently, let me hear your voice. Lord for this one moment, I accept the challenge to live in this moment according to Your word. The degree I do, I truly discover the “Good News!” I can live “on earth,” in this moment, “as it is in heaven.” It’s the joy of following Jesus.
Prayer: Lord Jesus. “At last the time has come.” I accept the invitation and challenge of discipleship to live with others seeking Kingdom values and to extend those values to ones my life touches. One moment at a time I yield to you King Jesus hearing your voice, I think differently and in faith take the next step forward. I relish this moment. Breakthrough. Amen