weekly theme #42 The Kingdom Comes*
week containing the Sunday between August 14 and 20
What is the Kingdom of God (Kingdom of Heaven)? Where? When? I have held those questions for years, and I’m still not sure I have the answers. Even more, what will I do with the answers if God shows them to me? What will they do with me?
The Kingdom of God allows me to participate in its operation, expansion, and development. In fact, God has entrusted me with important work. All his children have important work, but it’s only possible to complete when we cooperate with him in action, thought, and prayer.
I think parts of God’s Kingdom are invisible without the Spirit’s insight. Without his insight, I tend only to see man’s kingdoms, and I lose direction, hope, and purpose.
It seems that truth and worship are consistent indicators of where God’s Kingdom exists. I know there are other indicators as well, but as I write this morning, I’m struck by these two specific qualities. I’ve seen the damage done by deception of truth, and I can feel the decline of worship and awe that it causes within me. Specifically related to worship, I’m particularly sorrowful for how repeated exposure has numbed me to the profane use of the names Jesus, Lord, God, and Christ. Maybe this is part of deception as well – something so holy being gradually eroded to the level of a curse.
I still have more questions than answer regarding God’s Kingdom. Is it here? Is it coming? I think I can answer both in the affirmative. In a sense, I’ve seen glimpses of the Kingdom shining through individuals like bright sunlight streaming through a slender opening of the window curtains. How do I help open the curtain more fully?
*A Guide To Prayer by Job and Shawchuck provided the scripture references and readings that inspired these reflections. I found this devotional to be the most heart changing of any I’ve used. It truly lives up to its title.