Daily Devotional

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Pentecost

read: Acts 2

And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.     Acts 2:6

When the Spirit of God breaks into the world, people become confused. When a successful businessperson chooses to leave their lucrative job to teach at an underperforming high school, the world doesn’t understand. When a gifted doctor decides to leave a prestigious hospital to start a practice in a developing country, the world doesn’t understand. When someone decides to cross a line of division to enter into community with a former adversary, the world does not understand. The ways of God are bewildering to those who are steeped in the ways of the world.

When God’s Spirit is at work, disparate people come together in unity, people are prompted to learn and appreciate other languages and cultures, and old divisions give way to a new and wonderfully confusing world.

Where is God’s Spirit bewildering you?

Dear Lord, allow your Spirit to break into my life like the rush of a violent wind. Set me on fire. Blessedly bewilder me. Shake me up so that new possibilities and opportunities might unsettle and then resettle my life according to your will. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.

 

 

The Kingdom of Heaven…

 [Jesus] put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seeds that someone took and sowed in a field...     Matthew 13:31

Jesus did not say what the kingdom of heaven is, he merely explained what the kingdom of heaven is like. The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. The kingdom of God is like yeast. The kingdom of heaven is like hidden treasure and a pearl of great price and a net thrown into the sea. If Jesus didn’t know exactly what the kingdom of heaven is, then it might be fair to say that none of us do either. But Jesus knew what it was like. It is more expansive than we can imagine, it is worth any price we must pay, and it is open to all who pursue it.

What do you imagine the kingdom of heaven to be?

Lord, I don’t what heaven is exactly. I suspect it is eternal and loving and beautiful like you. Help me to live my life in ways that allow me to one day see that which I can now only imagine. In your name, I pray. AMEN.