At the Threshold devotion: Tuesday April 1

Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.

Read: Luke 1.52-53

God has brought down the powerful from their thrones,   
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,  
and sent the rich away empty.

and Luke 6.20-21

Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

Reflect: April Fools! On this day so many things are upside down and unexpected. Except while we play practical jokes, God kinda means it—to enter the Kingdom of God, we’ll have to be ready for the unexpected, willing to live in a way that seems to turn everything upside down. God is all about overturning the tables of our systems and rules. Yet it’s unlikely we’ll find it funny like a joke, because we are the rich and powerful in our world, while Mary proclaims that God is lifting up the lowly and feeding the hungry. And Jesus does exactly that in his life and teaching, and the powerful people of his day were decidedly unenthusiastic.

What does it mean to pray “thy kingdom come” when that may turn out to be uncomfortable for us?

Discuss: How can the church be a part of this great reversal that helps transform this world into the kingdom of God?

Pray: Lord Jesus, help me to remember that your blessing does not come with wealth and power, but with some tearing down and some lifting up. Give me eyes to see where my privilege blinds me to your will, and hands ready to lift up others even when it’s risky for me. Turn things upside down and let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Posted on April 2, 2014 and filed under devotions, Lent.