be concerned about His Kingdom
and what has His approval.
Then all these things will be provided for you.”
It’s difficult for us, as people living in the Western Hemisphere, to begin to wrap our minds around what it means to live in a Kingdom. Our nation’s very roots came out of a determination to live freely, independently of a kingdom that had always dictated the rule of life. They established a new way of life, one which was “self-governing,” rather than under the rule of a king. Independenceis an underlying rule of life for Americans. And, of course, it also affects our understanding of all that a King is in all of his power, authority, rule, and majesty.
When we step into the Kingdom of God, we have the challenge of learning what it means to live in the Kingdom over which God is the King. He isn’t the President of a democracy. He is The King.
My first real exposure to a kingdom on this earth, and of an actual king, came through my experience in the desert refugee camps. Through the decisions of a King and Kingdom, their country was militarily invaded, and their lives and future as a nation were forever changed. The Saharawi people left their homes, neighborhoods, belongings, jobs, and all that encompassed their daily lives as they literally ran into the barren, harsh desert across their nation’s border. Everything changed. All that had been, was no more. A Kingdom had come, in all of its power and rule.
We have the King of all Kings invitingus into His Kingdom. He does not come with force, even though His Power is far beyond all powers on this earth. His Kingdom is perfect. His rule is based on perfect Love, and is Just and True. This King does not invade our lives by force. He invites us into His Kingdom, having personally paid the cost for each of us to enter. We are not required to earn our entrance into His Kingdom…it is offered freely.
What desert have you stepped into, where people wait to hear the Good News of a Perfect Kingdom, whose Perfect King invites them to enter and live?