Upside Down

upsidedownI came across this quote from John Steinback in a recent post from Donald Miller* and it made me think about the Kingdom of God (naturally given I just spoke far too long on the subject).



The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants** of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.

This reminded me of the upside down nature of the Kingdom of God. We look at the teaching of Jesus about God’s reign (his kingdom) and can’t believe it is true because it doesn’t work.

It’s not the way our world works.

It’s not the way to achieve “success”.

Maybe we need to seriously adjust our understanding of what success is …

* you can read the full post here
** concomitant = something that naturally occurs alongside (something that accompanies …)


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