Yesterday I heard someone speak about the reality of the Kingdom of heaven as seen in this story from 2 Kings 6:8-23. The crucial part of the story that the speaker wanted to emphasize was this: “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
O that we could catch a glimpse of the reality of the kingdom too! Of how God is breaking through the darkness…
… and of how God wants to use us to bring light into dark places, into deadened lives, into wounded souls.
The speaker also referred to Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:31-46. In it Jesus explains what it means to serve others: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
For him. For the King. When we touch the least of these. Anyone.
As Heidi Baker shared one time: “Just love the one. Love that one person that God puts in your path today.” Even if each of us committed to doing just that. one. thing. If we were all keeping our eyes open for that one person that God places in front of us… how might we change the world?
How will you see that person in front of you today? As an “interruption”? Or as a divinely-inspired God-appointment?