Let me begin by saying I am no expert on the Kingdom of God. I am a searcher, as you may be too.
The Kingdom of God is God’s sovereign rule (for the sake of this post) of God in the hearts of his people. Huh?
God’s people are those who love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. They have chosen to live their lives in a relationship with Him by accepting the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus became for us a sacrifice for sin.
A kingdom has a king, of course, and subjects that answer to his kingship. Wherever that sentence takes your mind, it’s probably wrong. The Kingdom of God is not like the kingdoms we have read about in history books or novels. The crown is not passed from one generation to the next, with some kings being good and benevolent and some kings being ruthless. An earthly king may lord his position over his subjects; God does not. That God is not a controlling king doesn’t take away from his sovereignty. God is still almighty, omnipotent, and just as King. He has given us free will. We are open to making as big a mess of our lives as we want. We are free to choose a life outside His sovereign rule, chase other gods, or numb our pain with addictions. If we’re going to struggle and fight for everything we desire, that is our choice. God calls his people his friends (John 15:5) and his children. (I John 3) Entering the Kingdom of God requires a decision.
Jesus told his disciples that “the Kingdom of God is at hand,” meaning it was near. He then told them to repent of their sin and put God first. (Mark1:15) Before we get all defensive and protective of our persona sin, let me say that whatever your vice is, it was nailed to the cross years ago, and all you have to do is let it go. A habit is a habit and can be hard to let go of, but it can happen with Helper’s help, the Holy Spirit. The secret to living in God’s Kingdom here on earth is walking with the Holy Spirit.
What does it look like to “walk with the Holy Spirit?” Glad you asked! Let’s talk about that next time.