The Kingdom of God is at Hand

This post is my official rebellion against the negativity among Christians around the rise of ISIS. I mourn the losses experienced in Paris last week. I also have strong negative feelings toward the policies implemented before and after the 2nd Iraq War that opened Pandora’s box to the scourge that ISIS has become. But God’s kingdom is still at hand, friends! And it will bless us all to take a step back and see the forest, not the single tree right in front of us, when it comes to God’s advancing kingdom.

Since the year 1900, did you know that global life-expectancy has more than DOUBLED?! For a long time, it only grew in industrialized nations, but now it is growing worldwide and is approaching 70 years. This is a powerful statistic when you consider that the first outcome of the fall of man was the death of our human bodies. God’s common goodness to mankind, often directly through the growth of hospitals that accompany the growth of Christianity in new areas, continues to push the specter of death off and give people more and more chances at life. This is part of God’s kingdom coming.

Not only are humans living longer worldwide, actual faith in Jesus is growing worldwide too. It is growing among Catholics and Pentecostals, but it is also growing among Protestants. The issue for whites of Anglo-Saxon descent is that it is not growing as much around us. It is growing in very large numbers in the global south and east. Look up, white Anglo-Saxon, from the dying blades of grass right in front of you and you’ll see a glorious, healthy prairie. The global Church is growing!

God’s kingdom is coming, and His will is being done. Of course we are not seeing it happen uniformly everywhere. We also are more informed than ever of just exactly what problems are going on where. But even though we daily HEAR through the media of more sin and terror, that does not mean that more sin and terror actually exist.

My encouragement today is to put off the Left Behind view of the last days. Nowhere in Scripture does God indicate that believers will be huddled in a corner, marginalized and irrelevant waiting for Jesus to return. The kingdom of God is unstoppable. Jesus will accomplish exactly what He said He would, and He is doing it even now.

Matthew 13  31 He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” 

33 He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

Do you believe Jesus? Then shake off your negativity and move forward in confidence in Christ. We can offer hope, not resignation, to those hurting through the sin and violence of terrorism.

9 Responses to The Kingdom of God is at Hand

  1. Angel November 16, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    I love this so much, Wendy. I've studied and contemplated 2 Timothy 3:1-7 about the last days being times of difficulty, but recently I was challenged to think of it in conjunction with Acts 2:17 that God will pour out his Spirit in the last days. When I only think about the pain and suffering in this world, I'm overwhelmed with an aching heart. But, when I think about God pouring out his Spirit and open my eyes to look around to actually see how he is doing it, I'm filled with such hope and expectation. “Jesus will accomplish exactly what He said He would, and He is doing it even now.” Yes!

  2. Ann November 17, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    Great post. Thank you for the encouragement!!

  3. Hilary November 17, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    “Nowhere in Scripture does God indicate that believers will be huddled in a corner, marginalized and irrelevant waiting for Jesus to return. The kingdom of God is unstoppable.”

    Thank you for this faith-full and fearless global perspective, Wendy. So good! I so appreciate your thoughtful writing and perspective in this post and in so may others.

  4. Jessica Stock November 17, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    Great post! I have just recently been moved to hope as well. 'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

  5. Tamie November 18, 2015 at 2:58 am #

    Brilliant, Wendy.

  6. Amanda D November 18, 2015 at 8:26 am #

    Thank you so much for this wise and encouraging post! I have been saddened by the response to ISIS, the refugee crisis, and the Christian response in particular. I am thankful for women like you who seek to proclaim truth and discernment in the midst of difficult times.

  7. Wendy November 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Thank you for your encouraging replies!

  8. beckyg November 18, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    So helpful to remember where our confidence should be coming from! Our hope for the future is in Jesus, not the craziness that surrounds us in this world. Thank you!

  9. Anonymous November 24, 2015 at 1:19 am #

    Hello… What did you mean by this?
    “Not only are humans living longer worldwide, actual faith in Jesus is growing worldwide too. It is growing among Catholics and Pentecostals, but it is also growing among Protestants.”