The kingdom of God advances in the unexpected way of deeds of love and mercy. Deeds of love and mercy are usually messy. They always have been. Throughout scripture we see God working in the midst of the messes of humankind, using deeds of love and mercy, so that the kingdom would advance. God calls Abraham to sacrifice his only son (Genesis 22), God uses Joseph to bring about change in Egypt (Genesis 37-47), God forgives the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), and on, and on.
The lives of our families are often messy. Not only while we work together in the kitchen but even more so as we navigate how best to love and raise our children, care for our spouse or navigate relationships with friends and coworkers. At Laity Lodge Family Camp we are so thankful that we get to participate with God in the mess of families to see the kingdom advance. You too, as a family, are invited to participate with God in the messy of deeds of love and mercy. All so God’s kingdom will advance. It takes time, and it makes a mess. But it’s good.
Questions to consider:
- What are some activities that your family does together during the holiday season that are messier because you do them together?
- What are some deeds of love and mercy that your family could participate in during this holiday season that will contribute to God’s kingdom advancing?
- Explore a Scripture passage referenced in this article and consider how God works in the midst of the mess of mankind in order to see His kingdom advance.