Awakening Grace

How present are you?

(Listen to my song “Turn Off the Noise” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Mark 10:23

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”

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Jesus is not talking about a place of eternal reward.

He’s talking about now.

The kingdom of God is more an experience than a place.

When the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come, he said: “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:20-21).

Just before today’s scripture verse, a rich man had asked Jesus how he could “inherit eternal life.” I think what Jesus was saying in his reply is that eternal life starts now.

The only life is always now.

You can’t inherit or merit some future reward in God’s economy of grace.

So Jesus tries to refocus the rich man into the present.

I think that many times it’s hard for a rich person to be present. That’s because he or she spends so much time engaged in things that their wealth supplies them.

It doesn’t make the wealth bad…as it can surely do much good. But it can create many distractions and attachments.

When you are attached to stuff…you aren’t able to be open to the present moment.

Experiencing Presence requires openness and letting go.

We get glimpses of the kingdom of God when we are present to life and those we encounter…especially those in need of help.

Those are the times when love takes us by surprise and all we can do is say…thank you.

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Listen to the song of the day “Turn Off the Noise” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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