Devotions based on Trevor Hudson’s book, Discovering our Spiritual Identity

Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32) The kingdom is wherever the loving will of the Father reigns.  We don’t have to wait until we die for the kingdom, but it’s all about learning to live as beloved daughters and sons of the King. We can begin learning what it means to live within its presence.  We can experience its gradual transformation in our everyday lives.  His kingdom is a gift that we must receive.  We live either with clenched fists or open hands.  Clenched fists distance us from intimacy with God as we try to keep Him outside our lives at arms length. We say no to God and the gift of His kingdom. But if we live with open hands we are saying yes and our desire is to receive all that He desires to give us. We are saying we are willing to let God be God in our lives and to let Him lead and guide us. It also opens us up to those around us. If this is our desire we can express this by opening our hands as we pray today.