Jun 19

Discipleship 101: A Kingdom Not Our Own

The Lord promises Abraham a child, and Sarah laughs. Jesus looks with compassion on the people of Israel and calls twelve disciples to follow him, giving authority to each one, even to Judas Iscariot, who would betray him. Our Scripture lessons this morning remind us: what God is up to in this world is not how we would do things. A couple far too old to have children? A traitor? We would have nothing to do with them, but they’re both essential actors in building the kingdom of God, what Matthew this morning calls the kingdom of heaven. This is a kingdom not our own, a kingdom we would not build if it were up to us, a path we would not forge if we were in charge. In this kingdom, in the kingdom of God, we are called, not to be owners or deciders, but to be followers of the king, the good shepherd, the Lord. Like Sarah and Abraham and Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, Thaddeus, Simon, and Judas, we are called to be disciples, to follow Jesus on his authority, not ours, proclaiming his gospel, not our own. Continue reading