Mark 9:1 And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.[and fasting]”
50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God coming with power, before some standing there (and hearing this comment) “taste” death. Six days later, the transfiguration occurs. Is this it? Is this the Kingdom?
Then, coming off the mountain, Jesus confronts a controversy and casts a demon out of a boy. The disciples ask why they were unable to do this and Jesus talks about their desire. It only comes with “much fasting and prayer” he says. Is this the Kingdom of God?
Then Jesus talks about being salty. To be flavor, to preserve, to enhance, to impact – there are many interpretations and analogies to be made here. However, if we, as disciples are salty and make an impact, are we not bringing the Kingdom in power to the rest of the world? Is this the Kingdom?
I do not believe it is any accident that these texts are linked together.
Too many Christians are so focused on the ever after, the afterlife, the Heaven experience, and the Second-coming that they miss the true value of the Kingdom of God. It isn’t so much to enhance my life as it is to enhance God’s presence in a world that has turned their back on Him. God told Moses that He is the “I Am.” Yet, the world tells themselves that it is all about “me.” As God is revealed in the lives of others, their lives are changed, but better yet, God’s character is vindicated.
As we learn to worship, pray, fast, and truly experience God, the Universe experiences the Kingdom of God with power, and glory, and grace, and love. This is the power of the Kingdom.
It isn’t about me, my tasks, or my agenda. Today, and only today, because I must take one day at a time, I must submit to God’s agenda for my life.
Father God. “Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping, into the future.” I have the best of intentions, but those intentions are “like ropes of sand.” It is a vicious cycle that drives me into busyness, missed sleep opportunities, and broken/damaged relationships (with you, my family, and others). Today is all I have and I must submit to You.
He says: “I am your God.”