Scripture: Matthew 5:17-48 (NIV), John 1:1-4, 14, Ezekiel 36:25-28, Jeremiah 31: 31-34
There is a lot of frantic speculation going on these days about whether the U.S. economy will enter into recession. People are desperate to know if it will happen, when it will happen, how long it will last and how bad it will be. We feel like we need this information to know how to plan for the future–and there is no shortage of experts willing to provide advice and prognostication. Most people agree that knowing what’s coming is a distinct advantage. We choose differently, we plan differently, we live differently based on what we think is happening next.
Obviously, I don’t know whether we are headed into a recession. But I know that, for us, it doesn’t matter. Because we know the future. The Kingdom of God, already here in the midst of us, is coming to renew, restore and reconcile all of creation. Our hope does not lie in an expanding economy. It is not dimmed or threatened by a recessing one. Either way the Kingdom of God is coming. And knowing that future means we choose differently, we plan differently, we live differently.
The trouble is–most of us, me most definitely included–have a better idea of the implications of a coming recession than the coming Kingdom. That’s why we are spending these weeks on the mountain with Jesus, listening deeply as he teaches us about the Kingdom–letting his revelation shape the way we see reality, creation, our lives and the future. I hope you’ll join me for worship this Sunday at 10am, in the sanctuary or on the livestream.
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