The Kingdom

There are times in life where it is easy to become scared. We fret over a current situation or aspect of our lives. And then, in a blink of an eye that situation passes. We wonder why we may have been so scared to begin with. We are able to take a deep breath and reflect, and we understand that God has led us through once again. We realize that when our eyes and hearts are focused on God, that these seemingly huge events that are outside of our control truly are. He lovingly lifts our faces toward him and we are reminded that we do not belong to this world. We belong to him. We are given a glimpse of his eternal glory and unending kingdom. We understand that we are a part of this kingdom that is, and was, and always will be. And in light of this we live our lives in obedience to the one who has brought us out of the dark and into the light. This shapes how we live each day and nothing can take that away from us.

The weeds seem exceedingly high this year. It is very easy for us to get lost in them. With the constant barrage of information from every angle twenty-four hours a day it takes a huge amount of work and diligence to find the truth in any topic. Most of what we come across is mostly thinly veiled opinion with very little fact behind it. If we are not careful these opinions can shape how we view a certain subject or even more how we view the world. We lose sight of who and what shapes how we should view the world. We can lose sight of who provides our every need as a loving father. We become jaded by current circumstances and events that, don’t get me wrong, have far-reaching consequences, but pale in comparison to the eternal kingdom we belong to. This is not to say that these decisions and events don’t matter. They matter very much so. But as long as we are living our lives in light of the gospel, loved by God, allowing his word and worldview to shape us on a daily basis we need not fear. We need not be swayed by the opinions of others because we are in tune with the one opinion that matters most.

The Psalms remind us of the kingdom we belong to. “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” Psalm 145:13   When we grasp this and hold onto it we realize that there have been countless turbulent times throughout history but God’s kingdom has always stood. We are comforted in knowing that we are not the only ones to experience darkness but that God’s kingdom has always prevailed.

We see once again in the very words of Jesus where our worldview stands. “Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” John 18:36  

So this raises a question. What should we strive to fight for in light of the kingdom we belong to? I like to think that we aim to live each day sharing the grace that has been given to us. We show Jesus to those around us with our actions in our communities, schools and places of work. We become the light that God has asked us to be, not reveling in judgement but pointing to the grace we have received. We fight to become the Church that God longs for us to be, so overflowing with him that others are drawn to him. We continue to live our lives in view of the kingdom we serve hoping to share that with others. When we make the effort to give a glimpse of God’s everlasting kingdom to others the current darkness fades and hope abounds. We know who we belong to and where we stand.

 

One comment

  1. Wow Chris. Nicely done. This is such a sensitive and personal issue and you set us, brothers and sisters and children of God, back before our God, in His Kingdom, with grace. I really appreciate your words today.

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