Imagine that you are a fish—just doing your thing and suddenly caught up in a swirling, disorienting motion. You are turned head over heels—no, fin over gills. It is at the same time exciting and scary, being dragged in a net that sweeps up you and everything else in its swath.
The kingdom of God, Jesus said, is like that net.
The Greek word translated kingdom in the New Testament can mean a place where the king rules. It can also mean the power or authority by which one rules. The Gospel of Matthew prefers the phrase “kingdom of heaven” to “kingdom of God.”
But the reign of God is not just something to be experienced in heaven. It is something experienced already now in Jesus.
What would our world look like if we were all those fish, being carried by movement to the shore?
This message is adapted from Gather magazine’s All Anew Devotional Coloring Book.
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