Gebhardt Berndt – April JOY! Article
– by Gebhardt Berndt
Jesus Himself instructed the disciples and us to pray “Father let Your Kingdom come, let Your will be done, as it is in Heaven let it be so on earth”. This should tell us that it is God’s business to get us to heaven, it’s our business to get heaven to earth. But we often find that Christians are not focused on the Kingdom mandate. I often see people who embrace an inferior cross and who constantly do introspection, adding a long list of do’s and don’ts to pleasing God before they can be effective. But the Cross is not self-applied, Jesus did not nail Himself to the Cross, and He did not ask us to – this is the most subtle form of hidden pride as it looks godly, but ultimately you should carry your cross, not be impaled to it.
God wants us to go, but instead we want to grow, and with good reason. We should grow in character, yet it’s not the going or the growing that matters – but it is obedience in both. The world is crying for an authentic expression of Jesus Christ, and we owe it to them. We owe ourselves not to settle for ordinary, not to be engrossed in worldly affairs, but to infiltrate the world in all its spheres and see the Kingdom come. God wants heaven to extend to earth through the agent of man. He loves the world, He made it and He wants His kids back. We are the carriers of hope; every person must be seen as heavenly treasures. Ultimately a kingdom view, a Jesus view, is needed; heaven on earth here and now. As He said it best “As He is so are we in this world” – 1 John 4:17.
JOY! Magazine (April 2018)