Advent 2022: Understanding God’s Call
December 6, 2022 Creekwood United Methodist Church

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Do We Understand God’s Call?

For those new to Creekwood, each Advent we invite a mixture of staff and laity of all ages to bless us with their devotional thoughts to a specific question. You’ll notice we are starting at “Day 2” because Day 1 was Sunday, and the message can be experienced in worship (in person and online). I hope these devotionals bless you each day, and help you envision the presence of Christ fully into your life.

The question this year:

“What do you think of when you hear the expression ‘Kingdom of God'”

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The Kingdom of Heaven is described by Jesus in Matthew Chapter 13. He uses many parables and analogies to describe the kingdom, and I would like to focus on verses 31-32; “He (Jesus) told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.'”

The Kingdom of Heaven is built on earth when Christians work to make the world a better place by following God’s call to live according to the example of Jesus. We may not completely understand the Kingdom now, or even see how our actions build the Kingdom, but Paul says in I Cor. 13:12; “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” We follow the example of Jesus every day when we give to others without expecting anything in return; stand alongside people who society puts down as unequal or unloved; spread the love of God to those who need to hear truth; advocate for peace instead of conflict, take an active part in activities for the church, help the sick, or perform other actions that show the Fruits of the Spirit alive in our lives. These efforts can show the people around us what the true followers of Christ are actually like.

One of the most beautiful parts of the Kingdom of Heaven is how it grows inside of not just us, but inside those who need to see it. When we show the love of Jesus, build His Kingdom, and take an active part in bringing good to this world inside ourselves, we show His love to those in need.

Ben WInder

9th Grade

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