During the past year I have noticed a hunger growing in my heart—a new interest in understanding and teaching more about the Kingdom of God. Both John the Baptist and Jesus came preaching, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mat 4:17). The kingdom of God (also called the kingdom of heaven) was central to all that they taught. Jesus came to reveal the kingdom of God to us and to teach us how to live in it. All through the Acts of the Apostles (Act 8:12) and into the epistles (1 Cor 15:50) the writers speak of the kingdom of God. There is no question that it is a very important subject that we should seek to understand and model to all who will hear.
Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Mat 6:33). That is a verse that has always been of great interest to me and still is. I often ask, “What is the kingdom of God?” How do you seek first the kingdom of God?” Almost all of the answers I receive reveal that most people do not understand what the kingdom of God is or how to make the “seeking” of it a priority in their lives. The kingdom of God is elusive to many of us as it was to the disciples of Jesus. We cannot see it, yet it is among us, even within us (Luk 17:21). We are told to seek it now. However, we will not experience its fullness until Jesus comes in His glory and reveals it in the new heavens and the new earth (2 Pet 3:13).
I say the kingdom of God is elusive. I say that because it is something that cannot be seen. It is difficult to understand and even more difficult to explain. It is like a beautiful butterfly that darts back and forth around your head. One second you see it and the next you don’t. You reach to take hold of it, and it flies away. It seems to slip through your fingers.
It is hard to grasp. Maybe the reason is that it is a kingdom not of this world (Jhn 18:36), an invisible spiritual kingdom, at least at this point in time.
Look for the sequel to this post next week…