Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Isaiah 55:1 (NIV)
We’re ready for our next stop on our journey to Palpable Kingdom Presence. We started the journey with the spiritual – encouraging a vibrant relationship with the Creator and then discipling others to walk humbly with their God. Once one has a close relationship with God, they are much more likely to be able to have healthy relationships with others, so that led us to the social aspects of the kingdom. Strong families will both experience more of the kingdom and be able to extend it to others. As we better steward what resources we have, we can share more of those resources with those who lack. We are now ready to address the economic and physical aspects of the kingdom – something Jesus was very concerned about.
When you think about heaven, there’s definitely something you don’t think about, and that’s ever being hungry or thirsty. Unfortunately that’s not true on earth – there are still hundreds of millions on the planet who go to bed hungry and lack access to clean water. These next few posts will explore what the Bible calls us to do to address issues of food and water security as very kingdom acts.
The Bible talks about heavenly banquets, miraculous feeding of thousands of hungry people, and then this amazing vision captured in Isaiah 55. It’s an invitation for those who have nothing to come and have their needs met. Is that really possible? You bet! If we took this calling to extend the kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven” seriously, making certain every person has access to food and water is a very solvable problem. The issue is not whether there are sufficient resources – there are plenty of resources. The issue is whether we’re really committed to the kingdom and willing to be a means through which others can experience it as well.
Have you ever been really thirsty? If so, you know what good news it would be to hear “come to the waters”. There are those on our planet who are really thirsty, dying unnecessary premature deaths because of lack of access to clean water. Let’s join God in extending that invitation to “come to the waters”. With God’s help, we can do this!
This is the first in the “End Hunger and Achieve Food and Water Security” series of blog posts on our Journey to Palpable Kingdom Presence.