Day 77: Reoccupation: Joshua 3 – 6 and I Corinthians 4.
Our readings today are Joshua 3 – 6 and I Corinthians 4. We are reading from the New Living Translation.
Religion is all about pretentious power. The Christian life is about entering in and reoccupying. Paul ends his reading by saying the Kingdom of god is not about pretentious power. No these are the earmarks of empire, they are evidenced in individuals trying to build their own empires. Religious or otherwise. The earmarks of God’s Kingdom or not pretentious at all, and they look nothing like the arrogant empires of human history.
Christ comes humble, riding on a donkey’s colt. He wears a crown of thorns and he is crucified and “defeated” in the end. No pretense here, just love. Love for his enemies. Love for all. The Power of God’s Kingdom is not found in our “winning ways” and our powers of persuasion. No, the power of God’s Kingdom is in God’s self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love.
Today let’s allow the lamb of God lead us deeper into his kingdom life.
The kingdom of God is not just words and pretense. No, the Kingdom of God comes in power. And that power can change a life. This is the power we see demonstrated in God’s man, Joshua – Jeshua. He is given the power to enter and occupy the Promised Land.
The Promised Land is a picture of the new life we have been given, in Christ. We are all called to enter and occupy all that God has for us. And it comes to us by faith, trusting and obeying. We are to put our feet in the water and watch, as God carries us through, onto dry ground. It’s a gift that comes to us by grace, through faith, not from ourselves but through the power of the Spirit. His power comes when we march, obey and shout out in victory – a victory won for us, in God’s strength. Religion is all about pretentious power. The Christian life is about entering in and reoccupying.
Allow God’s spirit and power to reoccupy and abide in you, so that you can occupy all the land that He has for you.