In the Tangible Kingdom Primer, Hugh Halter and Matt Smay share,
Creating opportunities for people to participate in the Christian community is a key part of building the tangible kingdom of God. When we see people outside, we go outside to talk. When a block party invitation is given, we go, or we host one. When the snows fall hard, we shovel everyone’s sidewalk. When a neighbor’s child is in a school play or athletic event, we show up to support them. We’re the ones that bake holiday cookies for co-workers and neighbors.
Can you imagine it? A world where we all lived this way?
Incarnation is one of those words I don’t typically throw around, but that’s what this is. Jesus living in and through us. For what purpose? So others can be connected in the community he draws together. A Tangible Kingdom! Real. Able to be experienced in the hear-and-now. A flesh-and-blood, living, breathing community.
I want to be a part of such a community. I want to participate in the building of such a kingdom.
What do I do to start?
- Go outside and talk to people when they are outside.
- Hang out with my neighbors.
- Help out when and where I can.
- Support the children I know by being involved in what interests them.
- Find ways to show people they matter.
I can do this. I can take these steps.
And the good news is you can as well. We all can. And if we all did…can you imagine it?
Life is better together,