Day 182 – Kingdom of God
On: May 1, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Luke 13:18-21
The Kingdom of God is a bit of a mystery. Jesus repeatedly posed the question “What is the Kingdom of God like?” His comments about it come from many different angles. It is referred to 70 times in the New Testament, 31 of them in Luke’s gospel. Here are a few snippets to set us thinking about the Kingdom. (Of course, an extensive book would be required to even start to do this subject justice!)
Receiving the Kingdom needs humility and dependance: Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. Luke 18:17
Entry to the Kingdom requires nothing less than re-birth: “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. John 3:5
The Kingdom is manifested through acts of power, not mere words: The kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Corinthians 4:20
The fruit of being in the Kingdom is not a list of do’s and don’t’s; rather, the growth of distinctive character: The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17
The Kingdom was imminent as Jesus returned to Heaven, was ushered in at Pentecost and is amongst us today: Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power. Mark 9:1
All good, but how does this apply to me? Here are a couple of perspectives to help us on our way:
1. How do I make myself available, so that the Kingdom of God might take hold of me and grow in me, thereby transforming my life?
2. What part do I play in enabling this transformed life to have an impact on those around me?
My first thought is – pray. As is the second, with a “Help!” attached. But, no: get a grip, Simon. I need to ask God to show me where my behaviour and character are an obstruction to Jesus taking over the steering wheel of my life. Doing something about what He shows me must come next, but won’t be easy, as my habits will be ingrained.
So more prayer for determination, persistence and courage to see this transformation through. As I stick with it, this will be the yeast at work in the dough that is my life.
As I am transformed, seeds of recognition will be planted in others as they see me becoming distinctively different. This is the tiny mustard seed that, as the yeast continues its work, will grow and grow until, one day, there will stand a big tree – me! – that others will come to for shelter.
Father God, I long to be a vibrant ambassador for Your Kingdom. Carry out the work of transformation in me that is necessary for this to become an increasing reality. Amen.