The Good News Of God’s Kingdom

January 17, 2012 § 2 Comments

It is of great significance that the calling of the disciples in Mark 1:14-20 includes verses 14 and 15.  Those two verses give context to the calling of the disciples and help us to not read this as a story of following somebody simply because he asks us to do so.  In fact, if you look at the message of the One who asks us to follow him, this is not even about following him per se.  He came to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom:  “The kingdom of God is near (at hand).  Repent and believe the good news” (1:15).  Jesus invites us to orient our lives to the Kingdom of God.  Following Him means to participate in God’s Kingdom.  He came to embody God’s Kingdom in this world.  And that is good news indeed, because our calling to follow Jesus rests in His fulfillment of God’s Kingdom.  It is all about God’s achievement in and through Jesus, and not about our ability to fulfill a requirement.  We are only invited to participate in what He has already done and in what He is still doing in this world.  Therefore, calling is mainly about discerning what God is up to by in our daily lives, and to follow Jesus into the embodiments of His rule in this world.  Where and how do you see the glimpses of God’s Kingdom in your world today?  And how are you going to follow Jesus by participating in what God is up to?

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