Monday, September 22, 2014

Luke 17:20-21

Luke 17:20-21 – Once having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”

       “When will the kingdom of God come,” the Pharisees asked. They thought that when God’s kingdom came to earth it would be seen by all. If an earthly kingdom came to take over rule of another kingdom it would be done by force and the change in leadership would not be subtle.
       This is how the Pharisees imagined that the kingdom of God would come, but they were wrong. Jesus told them that they cannot sit around and watch for it to come; because they will not see it. God’s kingdom comes through the hearts of those who are in it. That means you and me.
       Christ made a way for us to enter the God’s kingdom and that kingdom comes into our hearts when we accept Him as Savior. So how does the kingdom advance? It advances through you.
       When Jesus taught His disciples He told them to pray to God saying, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” You are the answer to that prayer. God moves on earth through those who put their trust in Him. That means that everywhere you go you are taking the kingdom with you. And if you want it to spread you must spread it.
       Let your life be a reflection of God and let your actions show His Love. That is how you will advance His kingdom. It will be done subtly, through Love and relationship. That’s why no one will see it coming. So don’t sit back and watch for it, get out there and be one of the ones God uses to bring it to earth.

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