Near You Now
10 January 2011
Today’s Reading: Genesis 25-26; Psalm 6; Luke 10
8 “If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you. 9 Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’ 10 But if a town refuses to welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘We wipe even the dust of your town from our feet to show that we have abandoned you to your fate. And know this—the Kingdom of God is near!’ (Luke 10:8-11 NLT)
Jesus sent seventy-two of his followers in teams of two to all the towns and villages he intended to visit. He told them to keep it simple, demonstrate God’s care and power, and tell the people of the villages, “The Kingdom of God is near you now.”
I believe God wants us Christ-followers to do pretty much the same thing. To visit the people Jesus plans to meet, to show the love and power of God, and to bring God’s Kingdom near them.
Shouldn’t it be true that every time someone interacts with us Christians, the Kingdom of God is near? Could it be true for you and me that in each interaction with another person today, the “Kingdom of God is near you now?”
Let’s determine to be a healing, encouraging, peace-bringing presence and a true Kingdom of God representative to all we encounter today.
Father, I need to be often-reminded that interactions between Christ-followers like me and those who don’t know Jesus yet bring the Kingdom of God near them. Help me be a faithful and consistent representative of your Kingdom. Make me “Kingdom Near You Now” aware and conscious all day today. Amen.