We continued to explore what it means to be united with Christ’s ascension to heaven on Sunday as part of our series based on Colossians 3.1-17. Towards the end of the message, which you can here on our current series site (Feb 1), Pastor Chelsey reminded us because Christ reigns in heaven, we have been
made a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and [we] will reign on earth.
Since we believe that we live in the already-but-not-yet kingdom of God, what does our reign on earth look like right now? It looks like the reign of one who has been clothed with the new self and its practices: with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love, led by the peace of Christ ruling in our hearts. (Col 3.12-15)
Here’s a few examples to help you imagine what it actually looks like:
From the letter to Philemon in Scripture, we picture forgiveness.
From Jenn, we’re encouraged to ‘wear’ mercy more often.
From the Communities First Association, a story of how a community answered the question, “How could this place be more like heaven?” in order to serve God.