AWAITING THE UNSHAKABLE KINGDOM
by Rebecca Hauser, Development Officer
The DAI Colorado Springs office recently reflected on Advent (remembering the first coming of Jesus and awaiting the second) with the help of Advent for Everyone by NT Wright. The first coming of Jesus shook the foundations of the world, challenged the Israelites’ perceptions of God, affronted their expectations of the coming of the Kingdom of God, and invited them into a genuine face-to-face relationship with God.
In Hebrews 12:26-28, the reasoning for the shaking is explained: “At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” (NIV)
An Advent Devotional
This shaking ‘one more time’ will be the second coming of Jesus. As we await the second coming, on a smaller scale God shakes our personal world in order to wake us up, change our perspective, and purify our lives. In his devotional on this passage, N.T. Wright asks, “Have you ever found your world shaken to its foundations by God? What ways have you found to express gratitude for this?”
DAI’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership students regularly express their gratitude to God for the program and how He is using it to shake their view of leadership, God and the world around them. Read brief stories of transformation from MAOL students in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Uganda.