True and Lasting Things

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He (God) has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”

The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:26-28

     Heavenly Father, there’s a lot of disruption going on—internationally, environmentally, theologically, politically. But you haven’t left us in doubt about what it means. Until Jesus returns, you’ll constantly remind us how fragile, temporal, “shakable” the fiefdoms and rulers of this world are.

There is only one everlasting kingdom, and only one worship-worthy, dependable, and everlasting King. And that would be Jesus—the Lord of lords and King of kings; our Savior and Bridegroom.

So we are thankful this morning—thankful, not vex-full, clueless, or fearful. For, as this passage in Hebrews states, we’re already receiving your everlasting, peace-full kingdom. When you raised Jesus from the dead and poured out your Spirit, everything changed—everything. Your promise to make all things new began to unfold in dramatic ways, when Jesus ascended, and sat down at your right hand.

Though your schedule and ways are different than ours, your kingdom is advancing, in ways we can see, and in ways that remain imperceptible to the naked eye. Providence, not happenstance, rules. You are sitting joyfully, grace-fully, and sovereignly on your throne.

Reverence and awe” are easy to muster for such a God like you are—so unfathomably generous to us in the gospel. You are totally in control of election years, polling booths, and governments. You are tenaciously engaged in redeeming your every-nation family.

Father keep rescuing us from putting our hope in what is temporal, at best. May your unshakable kingdom be our passion, and our incomparable King be our delight. It’s not about our personal tribes, clubs, or druthers. So very Amen, we pray, in Jesus’ glorious and grace-full name.

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