“Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:31-33
This Week’s Scripture References: Matthew 5-7, 9, 14; Mark 4-6; Luke 10, 15 John 6
For centuries the Jewish people were expecting a great king to come and save them. They thought the king would be strong and powerful with a great army that would set them free. But the king God sent to them was different. Instead of ruling by power and might, Jesus taught a different way of living. a way of living that involved putting God and others before ourselves.
Jesus was no ordinary man. What does that mean to you?
This week’s chapter of the The Story covers so many amazing stories of Jesus. Stories that cause us to wonder and ponder. Stories that help to shape our understanding of who Jesus is, leave us in awe at the depth of God’s love and ignite a longing for more of God’s kingdom.
Are you curious to learn more about Jesus? Do you wonder about the kingdom of God?
During Sunday’s sermon, Pastor Steve painted a beautiful picture of the wonders of nature one might experience along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park. Maybe you’ve experienced something similar. You encounter a beautiful place where there is so much to see but so little time to explore that you miss out on all there is to experience. Don’t let that happen to this week’s chapter of The Story. Take some time to wonder and ponder and dive into these amazing stories!
Jesus tells some beautiful stories like the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan. There are incredible events such as Jesus healing a blind man, calming a raging storm, walking on water, and a woman who is healed just by touching the hem of Jesus’ cloak. We find awesome teaching about the Greatest Commandments, the Beatitudes, being the light of the world, and storing treasures in heaven. Then there are the life-changing parables where Jesus uses examples and events from every day living to cause people to ponder and move towards change. Parables such as the Parable of the Lost Sheep, the Parable of the Lost Coin, Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Parable of the Sower reveal what the Kingdom of God/Heaven is like.
Through all these stories Jesus helps us to understand the Kingdom of God/Heaven:
The Kingdom of God is a great treasure. The Kingdom of God is a gift. The Kingdom of God is already here. The Kingdom of God is not yet fully here.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray for God’s Kingdom. Perhaps praying for God’s Kingdom helps us to be more open and receptive to receiving God’s Kingdom. Jesus also teaches us to “…seek first God’s Kingdom…”
What does seeking God first mean to you?
Take some time this week to dig into some of these amazing stories and parables. Just take a look and allow yourself to wonder and ponder. Take a walk through the Gospels and allow yourself to have an encounter with the amazing experience of God’s Kingdom! Allow yourself to experience God in Christ Jesus, no ordinary man!
This week in The Story we learn about God’s kingdom and what the world would look like if everything were as God wants it to be. Jesus taught us to think of others before ourselves. Jesus taught us to trust God. Imagine what the world would be like if we all lived this way.
How is God calling you to experience God’s Kingdom?
To listen to this week’s sermon, No Ordinary Man, Sermon 3/6 in “Walk” The Story Mini-Series, click here!
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