By: Holly Reimer
Matthew 3:1-12
Reflection—v.2 ‘Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven.’

There have been times in my life where I was more motivated by death rather than life. For instance, I worry more about what is coming next (what will happen to my body when I die, how will my family react and mourn, where will my Spirit go, will I notice I am no longer living?), that I can no longer live in the present. My life should not be about what comes next, or what may or may not happen because of the (trans)actions I have right now, but should be about what is right before me. The kingdom of heaven is coming! I read this text and think of all the beautiful things Jesus spoke about, demonstrated, and demanded. The kingdom of God is in the ways I express love, it’s not enough for me to just say I care for someone, but change requires an action. It requires doing something that I have not been doing before. It requires me stepping back from the sink in the kitchen, walking around the counter and seeing a dejected look on one of my brother’s faces, and asking him what is going on. It is caring enough about each person in the present moment rather than focusing on the ‘doings’ of the day.

Prayer: Change our hearts and lives, O God, so that we may see as you do.

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