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integrating

I have been reflecting today on the Spirit.  The Spirit is in us, at work in us, intimate with us and bringing wholeness and healing and life to us.  The Spirit is very personal.  That comes out of my Charismatic upbringing and roots.  The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us giving life.  We cherish the presence of God and enjoy the beauty of it.  But eventually... this Spirit so changes us that we begin to notice something else.  The Spirit is at work in the world.  God is on a mission and we get to participate with him in healing the world.

You guessed it... I have a social justice side.  I believe that Jesus is at work in the world.  He dwells with the broken and oppressed, he identifies with them and empowers them.  Jesus is incarnate weeping with those who weep and healing all who mourn.  Sometimes he is dying with them at the hands of injustice. 

Some how these two ideas must come together.  Jesus is at work in us, and Jesus is at work in the world.  I see a…

Where Jesus is, there will his servants be...

In my morning meditation a short sentence literally jumped out at me from John chapter 12 verse 26...

"Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be."   

That leads me to some interesting thoughts.  Often when we think about the place where Jesus is, we think of some place in the afterlife Christians call heaven or we think of spending a nice quiet time in prayer within which we connect deeply with Jesus.  


But in this passage the story suggests more.  There is an afterlife that will be spent with God forever in the presence of Jesus.  There is truly a relationship with Jesus that is deeply intimate.  But Jesus is also at work.  Jesus is doing something in the world that will bring about the kingdom reign of God in this world.  And where he is, there will be the servants of God working alongside the king.


What do I mean by Kingdom reign of God?  It's not a political kingdom that begets kings or elects presidents nor is it a theocracy in which a n…