As we as ordinary people read passages in the Bible such the Gospels and letters like 1 Peter and Ephesians we read of this divine life so different from the life we daily experience in this world. When faced with this truth we are faced with our personal inability to reach the standard set out in these passages, or as Willard puts it the “kingdom personality” of “genuine mutual love” that is free of “all malice and al guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander.”. This inability is usually met with the response of “Nobody’s perfect”. What if our response is rather that we believe in God’s power to transform us into people who actually have this “kingdom personality”?

Today’s Experiment

“Read slowly through these phrases describing the kingdom life and personality:

  • to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge
  • to be filled with the fullness of God
  • power at work within us
  • able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine
  • rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy
  • genuine mutual love pouring from their hearts
  • without malice, guile, insincerity, envy, and slander

Thank God for the beauty of the kingdom life and for the possibility of the transformation of your soul. Spend a minute or two longing for the kingdom of God in your life: “Thy kingdom come! Thy will be done!” “