“The kingdom of God is an upside-down kingdom…”

“The truth of the matter is that the whole world has already been turned
upside down by the work of Jesus Christ”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship


(Lady Banks roses / Julie Cook / 2021)

“[Saint] Paul understood that the suffering he was going through somehow allowed him
to share in Christ’s suffering for the world…
In his own life, there was a time when he asked the Lord three times to remove a
particular suffering from him (see 2 Corinthians 12:8).
The response he received from the Lord was not “Oh, my oversight.
That’s right, I took care of all that suffering.
You don’t have to do anything.”
No, God’s response was, “[Paul], my grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9)…
It is completely opposite of the way the world thinks…
What looked like the worst thing that ever happened on earth—Christ hanging on a cross,
bleeding to death—became the source of salvation for the entire world.
The point of weakness became the point of strength;
it was transformed into the power over death and Hell.
We have to get it through our heads that the kingdom of God is an upside-down kingdom
according to the world’s perspective.
Weakness confounds the wise.
The poor and obscure confound the rich and famous…
Whatever you are going through right now, remember that God has a plan for you.
He wants to be united to you so closely that it resembles a spousal relationship…
your suffering is not inconsequential; it is extremely valuable in the economy of God.”
Jeff Cavins, When You Suffer

An Excerpt From
When You Suffer

10 comments on ““The kingdom of God is an upside-down kingdom…”

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Great post SC!! GW 🙂

  2. bcparkison says:

    Good thoughts and a beautiful rose. Is it in your new yard?

  3. Lovely words, Julie. For us the kingdom of God really is an upside down world, but that’s only because we’re the ones hanging upside down on the monkey bars.

  4. K.L. Hale says:

    Julie, I love this. “The point of weakness became the point of strength.” His suffering was overwhelming. And in our own we can find the strength if we so choose. Happy Holy Week my friend. And the flowers are just stunning.

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