Living Upside Down
Autumn 2010 No 27 – 01/09/2010
Document Code: ISSN 1368-9614
Description: The image of being turned upside down and inside out is one sometimes associated with the Kingdom of God. To enter this kingdom Jesus said his followers had to become like children, or to those who are rich, they had to give away their wealth. He was clear that the first in the world’s judgement would become the last in his kingdom. Living contrary to the way of the world today is often seen as being prophetic and standing aside from the majority view. It can feel out of reach for those ordinary followers of Jesus’ teaching. But reading the stories of Jesus in the gospels helps us to understand how simple it is to recognise the kingdom because the woman seeking the lost coin demonstrates in an everyday image the worth of each person.
This article is a series of stories about everyday events where in some small way the world is being turned upside down. It may inspire you to take a different view of what happens around you, and find ways of realising the kingdom of God is amongst us today.