Check out the latest “Heart Matters” insights from Phil Vischer: Unshakable.
My home state of Illinois has a fault. It has multiple faults if we’re being honest, but this particular fault is different. It’s the New Madrid Fault Line at the very southern tip of Illinois, and every few years it gives enough of a wiggle to shake the whole state. During a period between 1811 and 1812, it gave such a shake that church bells rang. In Boston.
Speaking less literally, it seems to me the entire world is shaking right now. Here in America, we’re shaken by political and economic uncertainty. Europe is being shaken by a refugee crisis. The Middle East is being shaken by war and endless sectarian violence. Taken together, it’s enough to leave me feeling, well, shaken.
So I’m reading in the book of Hebrews last week, and the author says something that stops me cold: “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe” (Hebrews 12:28). And I think, Oh, right. God’s kingdom. The one I’m a part of—the one I’ve been adopted into through Jesus’ blood. It can’t be shaken. It’s unshakable.
Do I really believe this?
In an age when the whole world can be shaken by a tweet, am I living in the reality of my citizenship in an unshakable kingdom? And even more so, am I making that reality real to my kids? Don’t think they aren’t aware of the world around them. Cable news, protests in the streets, worried talk from anxious grown-ups. Our kids know they live in a shakable world. My question is, have we really made the unshakable one real to them? Like Neo in The Matrix, have we woken them up to the reality of God’s real world hidden beneath the facade of the one around us?
We have an opportunity. And a responsibility. This world, you see, isn’t all there is. To put it quite simply, a follower of Jesus, living in the reality of the kingdom of God, cannot be shaken. While the world stumbles, grasping for handrails, we can stand straight. Unmoved. And what more inspiring a sight is there for an anxious child in a shaky world than that of the grown-ups in his or her life standing unshaken? To see the people you rely on the very most firmly connected to a bedrock that just won’t shake?
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The problem with an invisible reality is that it is, of course, invisible. The only way our kids will see the kingdom of God is if they see it in us. And the only way they will see it in us is if it is more real to us than the tweet-drenched, anxiety-ridden chaos we swim in every day.
So what’s the solution for me? A little less cable news, a little more Jesus. Not ignoring the world, but rather holding the reality of fallen mankind side by side with the reality of an infallible and all-powerful God.
We have received a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Why would we want to spend our lives anywhere else?
Phil Vischer created VeggieTales to teach Christian values to kids in 1990 when he was 24, and he sold more than 50 million videos. Today, he pursues innovative ways to integrate faith and storytelling through series such as Buck Denver Asks…What’s in the Bible? and the all-new Galaxy Buck (philvischer.com).