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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Reaching the Kingdom

But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
(1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NKJV)

"The kingdom of God does not come with observation. ... For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." Then [Jesus] said to the disciples, "The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it." (Luke 17:20-22 NKJV)

The Jews asked Jesus when God would bring the kingdom—that is, restore political sovereignty to Israel. Plenty of Christians (me too) ask when we’ll reach Heaven, when we’ll experience the full joy of God’s presence and escape this messed-up world.

If escape was the plan then we would be raptured the moment we came to Christ. The plan is for us to live in the spiritual kingdom that Jesus is building on Earth through His Spirit’s presence in our hearts. The kingdom is here, now.

Oh Lord, Your abundant love puts eternity with You in our hearts. Let our perception of that kingdom be our blueprint for what this kingdom should look like. Show us each step to build it.

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