BONUS Day 22—January 27, 2019
We were created in God’s image, for intimacy, that our dominion over the earth might be expressed through loving relationship with Him.
THE CREATION OF humankind was in a sense the beginning of a romance. We were created in God’s image, for intimacy, that our dominion over the earth might be expressed through loving relationship with God. It is from this revelation of dominion through love that we are to learn to walk as His ambassadors, thus defeating the “prince of this world.” The stage was set for all of the powers of darkness to fall as Adam and Eve exercised their godly influence over creation. But instead, they fell. Jesus became a Man so that He could legally enter the human race and break the contaminating power of sin that kept us from enjoying the place of intimacy with the Father. He removed this impurity, making us fit to be inhabited by His holy Presence. Our commission as those indwelt by the Presence is to advance the rule of His Kingdom throughout the earth. This happens very uniquely. Just as the disciples were confused about how the Kingdom would be expressed, so many believers today have conflicting views about what an advancing Kingdom should look like. We express our authority in Christ by loving and serving those created in His image. This love can take on a number of different demonstrations. We meet practical needs, such as feeding the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless, and caring for orphans. These are beautiful expressions of the Kingdom—but there is more. We also carry the love of this Kingdom by seeing disease healed, torment lifted, bondage broken, and the captives set free. Authority and power have been restored to us for a glorious purpose—to show the world how good and loving the Father truly is.
Daily Scriptures: MARK 16:14-20
PRAYER Thank You for empowering me to advance Your Kingdom by carrying Your Presence!”