God does not wish our suffering and struggle to continue, but is ready to gather us in his arms, and calls us to prepare for his arrival.
Christ’s call to respond to his presence in the needy is a call for the church to embrace a lifestyle of radical communal hospitality (but we have often used it to justify empires built on the labour of guilt-ridden, over-extended, under-prepared Christians!)
Although all in the church may appear equally worthy, it is those who live the life (inward and outward) of the Kingdom now who are prepared for its coming.
Jesus summarised the way by saying “Love God with everything you have and love your neighbour.” We find that easy enough to accept as the answer to a question but much harder to really live by.
All that is required to inherit all the fullness of the Kingdom is to accept the invitation and throw yourself wholeheartedly into the celebration.
There are all sorts of things that can make us look impressively Christian, but the only thing that matters is to deeply know Christ and to enter with him into the experience of his suffering and resurrection.
Our life of faith is a journey motivated by the vision God gives us of what lies ahead.
Prayer is a learned discipline which begins with acknowledging God’s goodness and aligning ourselves with God’s purposes.
Christ is the image of God and our goal is that all grow to maturity in the image of Christ.
As small as our missions may seem, they have cosmic significance in Christ’s mission.
Fullness of life is often dependent on letting go of all the things we thought were going to give us fullness of life.
God breaks down all social barriers and differentiates between us on love alone.
Resurrection keeps happening despite our inability to believe.
An encounter with the risen Christ can totally reorient our lives and our perceptions of the world.
Empowered by resurrection joy, we are sent to continue the mission of Christ.
Our goal is intimate union with Christ, and everything else in our lives as Christians will arise from that.
It is easy to lose appreciation for the benefits of faithfulness until we taste the alternative.
Suffering and prosperity are not punishments or rewards, but God’s grace may eventually be exhausted by those who squander it.
Jesus calls us to follow his lead in rejecting easy comfortable paths and choosing the tough road of costly active love.
Love for enemies is a response to God’s love for us, but in cases of huge hurt it is a community issue.