I find it interesting that humanity has sought some semblance of utopia throughout history. Yet no society has ever came close to living it out. Sin always seems to get in and destroy the hope of the better hopes for life.
I wanted to Pause to remind us that Jesus came to restore God’s Kingdom to what it was created to be. This is what God has been doing since the fall of humanity.
Throughout the Old Testament we see examples of this and prophecy telling us that it is coming.
Perhaps Paul says it best in Roman’s 8:
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:22-23 https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.8.22-23.NIV)
All of creation waits for full restoration. However, God provides hopen and guidance of life in pursuit of the coming full restoration .
Sin separates us from God and causes broken relationships in our lives. God came to His chosen people, Israel to restore a piece of restoration within our world. The establishment of the Law in Exodus 20 and throughout the Torah (first 5 books of the Old Testament) rebuilds relationship with both God and with one another. It is best summed up when Jesus was asked the greatest commandment:
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40 https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.22.37-40.NIV)
That utopia that the world sought was never a reality in human history. However, had the Israelite’s lived out their Law they would have been closer than any other civilization.
The Earlier Church was reestablishing holy living. Worshiping God together, living in unity, and helping one another out. The closest thing to heavenly living in a sin filled world. It was this kind of living that showed the different and more attractive in a sin filled world.
I wonder why most Christian’s today want to hide in their personal desires, judgment, and blessing instead of shining their light in a dark world.? We are not called to live like everyone else, but to stand out in our actions of love, justice, and mercy. May God help us to do better.
For thought & discussion
- What keeps many professing Christians from living out the fullness of Christlike living?
- How is the way the early church lived daily life a small glimpse of God’s restoration Kingdom?
- Do you think a person can truly claim to be a Christ follower, and be prejudice, judgmental, or ungenerous in their living?
- How can you or your church seek to show a part of God’s Kingdom to you community?