Our Bible lessons for Sunday gives us insights into God’s dream. In Matthew 5:1-12 Jesus gives his first public message. He talks about the Kingdom of heaven. I love this translation from the CEV:
*God blesses those people who depend only on him. They belong to the kingdom of heaven!
*God blesses those people who grieve. They will find comfort!
*God blesses those people who are humble. The earth will belong to them!
*God blesses those people who want to obey him more than to eat or drink. They will be given what they want!
*God blesses those people who are merciful. They will be treated with mercy!
*God blesses those people whose hearts are pure. They will see him!
*God blesses those people who make peace. They will be called his children!
*God blesses those people who are treated badly for doing right. They belong to the kingdom of heaven!
It would be easy to think God’s dream will come true in heaven. Meanwhile people must live with grief, war, and injustice and these blessings will come later. But Jesus came to bring the kingdom of heaven. Not just at some future date, but also here and now! Over and over in Matthew’s gospel Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven in every day terms—mustard seed, treasure, and banquets.
When I think of God’s dream, I think of the picture book written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In simple language and beautiful artwork God’s dream comes alive. Listen to it here.
What does God’s dream mean for you? These words from Micah 6:8 give us a clue: “O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
Try this: Talk about God’s dream with someone who is different from you. Pick someone who works in a different line of work, is younger or older, comes from different ethnic background, is richer or poorer, or goes to a different church. What is similar about your idea of God’s dream? What is different?