Day 216 – Invisible Kingdom
On: June 4, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Luke 17:20-21
We are given, here, a crucial insight into how God works through his people today.
The Pharisees were looking for a physical Kingdom with a warrior leader to throw off the yoke of the Roman oppressors and restore Israel to the glory days when Kings David and Solomon were on the throne and their boundaries extended far and wide.
But Jesus reveals the true nature of the Kingdom He was ushering in. It is His presence in His followers as they live out their everyday lives embedded in society. Marching to a different beat, a largely invisible army acting as conduits of God’s grace and power, gradually transforming for good the world and people around them.
To see it, you have to part of it. To be part of it, you have to be born again. When you are born again, you will be filled with the Holy Spirit. When you are filled, He will enable you to do the things Jesus did. Indeed greater things. This is the Kingdom of God.
Jesus explained: “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again … unless they are born of water and the Spirit.” John 3:3,5
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:1
Lord Jesus, indwell me today that I might be a transforming presence in the world around me; a channel of grace and peace to all I encounter. To Your glory. Amen