Assortment of Skittles
Do you ever eat a mixed candy, one with different assortments of favours, perhaps skittles? You eat the ones you don't like first, or give them away and save the flavours you like best for last. It makes the most sense right? Think if they all tasted like your favourite flavour. You would want to eat them all at the same time right? Why can't you value them all the same as they are? It's like going out with a net in the water and only valuing the catch of the bigger fish, and letting everything else go free. When it comes to being a part of God's Kingdom, we are all accepted through God's love. God calls each of us, no matter what 'flavour skittle we are'. However, only those truly wanting to be a part of God's Kingdom will find it. Today's Gospel states: '"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. "Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes." And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old." And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there' (Matthew 13:47-53).
In today's Gospel we hear about how the angels will separate evil from the righteous, like we separate the skittles. Those opposing God's reign will not find His Kingdom. Those being inclusive, loving and kind will be a part of this Kingdom. How do you exercise your talents, your discipleship as being part of God's people, a communion, a church? Ask God to help you to love and be loved, to be like Jesus for the world.
Today's prayer comes from an online article, a prayer for seeking God's Kingdom:
Lord, You are worthy to be first in every area of my life. I repent of placing other concerns ahead of Your kingdom and righteousness. I now covenant to seek first Your kingdom and righteousness in all I pray and do. As a church, we commit to seek Your kingdom and righteousness above all else. Guard us from the shallowness and self-focus that can so easily become our practice. May Your kingdom advance and Your name be praised in all the earth! Amen.