Living in the Kingdom
Know; be certain now & forever there is a God & He is close at hand. He is as close as your next breath. Likewise, the kingdom of God is not a metaphor or catch phrase. Jesus starts His ministry with “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 4:17 NIV) Jesus also tells us that “the kingdom of God is in your midst.” (Luke 17:21 NIV) Jesus indicates that the kingdom is here!
The Kingdom is God’s rulership & is the only government that will endure. The Kingdom is not abstract. It is God working in this world expressing His mercy, goodness & authority. It is salvation in action. It begins in us & is manifested through us. It provides us with a new viewpoint. In his book “Is Theology Poetry”, C.S. Lewis writes, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but by it I see everything else.”
We entered this Kingdom through our rebirth; “truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.” (John 3:5 NIV) We are a new people with a new reality as Kingdom people. Our role in the Kingdom is not just a right but a responsibility to serve, to pray, & to be ambassadors for the Kingdom. Matthew 5 tells us we will be blessed (for theirs in the Kingdom) & we should operate from a Kingdom perspective & act as a conduit of that blessing to the world.
God works in & through the prayers of His people. Jesus taught us to pray, “thy kingdom come” however, we don’t pray for God’s benefit. He invites us into His presence for our good that we might be encouraged & at peace.