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The new Warzone season is here and not yet?
Living into God's kingdom that is here, and not yet.
As I am writing this, my Battle.net portal is stuck in nowhere land. Yup, Warzone Season 3 just launched a few hours ago, and I attempted to update, only to be given an error at 75%.
I only needed 25% more!
… 25% to seeing the updated map and POI.
… 25% to experiencing all the changes to the weapons and the new mechanisms.
… 25% till I see how King Kong and Godzilla are added into Caldera.
It is quite disappointing because I’ve been reading and getting myself ready for Day 1. And yet… so close and yet so very very far.
This month, we have been focusing on Easter and what Jesus has done for us two thousand years ago and what He is preparing for us on the other side of eternity right now. I had an opportunity to teach one of the kid’s small groups and in one of the activities, a child wrote this question to God, “Why do bad things happen?” It dawned on me that, as we were teaching the kids that Jesus has risen and is victorious over sin and death, today, we are still experiencing bad things in this world. Bad things that this child is trying to understand in light of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he proclaimed the Good News and he said,
“The time promised by God has come at last!” [Jesus] announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
The Kingdom of God is near! Jesus has inaugurated his kingdom into this world, and He has finished what is needed to defeat sin. Yet, not all is well in the world today. We do not need to go far or list out our news headlines to know that Jesus’ Kingship; His justice, grace, love and mercy is not fully realized in this world. Did God make a mistake like a bug in the game update? Or is it by design?
The writer of Hebrews provides us with an insight into God’s grand design,
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
As it turns out, God’s Kingdom is now here, and not yet. Jesus’ kingship is established; He is crowned with glory honour, yet, not everything in this world is currently subjected to Him. Or maybe I will phrase it in a different way: God’s kingdom which is perfected both spiritually and physically has been established, and this perfection is a future that we are all currently being pulled toward. We don’t see it all completely right now, but it is already there in the future.
In the meantime, those of us who belong to God’s kingdom are called to be the city on a hill and a light in the darkness. We are called to testify and reflect God’s kingdom values—justice, love, grace, mercy, forgiveness—to those who do not know Jesus. We give others a glimpse of this kingdom that is to come, and we do this with the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
How are you shining your light on the world around you today? How are you living purposefully in light of God’s kingdom, which is here, and not yet?
Let’s not just sit and wait till eternity hit us. Let’s make the most of the time given to us by God to do the mission He has called us to. His Kingdom may be here and not yet, but our season for mission is now.