“Jesus’ resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.”
Father, this quote from N.T. Wright resonated with me. Would You speak into it? — I see the River of Life running swiftly by us as we sit above it on a rock.
“The quote was inspired by Me. Bill Johnson picked up on it and included it in his book…I am grieved that Lucifer has used the creativity I gave him so destructively and hurt so many eternally. Yet, I would not have puppets serve Me and I refused to make man without the ability to choose.
“First, Satan lies to people about My goodness to keep them away from Me and focused on the pleasures of temporal life that will ultimately disappoint. Then, those who see through his schemes and accept My free gift of salvation through Jesus he distracts with those same earthly pleasures. Or he inflicts sickness or pain upon them. Then, lying, he tries to get them to blame Me. He again attacks My character, My goodness. The other way Satan lies to My people is shown in that quote. He tells them to stick together, ignore those who don’t belong and focus on the day I will come take them away from the mess his lies have created.
“Such a day will come, but I intentionally did not say when that day would be. I want My people to see My true plan for their lives on earth. You are there to push back the darkness in your corner of the world, restore a part of My garden, as much as you can, and how I gift you. Allow Me to live in power through you, healing the sick, comforting the poor and in prison, setting spiritual captives free with My good news and the demonstration of a joyous life submitted to Me. That is what Mr. Wright meant by colonizing the earth with the life of heaven. Your focus should always reach out and include others into the beauty of your life lived for Me. Then My will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The prayer I gave My disciples includes all the elements that lead to that.”
Wow! Lord, You tied that together beautifully. I love that! Thank You. Please help me to live that way.