By Marni Montanez
New King James Version (NKJV)
21. nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
This is an incredible time to be alive and in the Kingdom of God. For such a time as this, those who choose to move forward focused on Jesus see their time on earth as temporary. These people will not be stifled by the hindrances of the flesh and will truly become all that God has called them to be.
Our destiny is not in the “see here!’ or “see there!’ because these phrases infer that it’s a place. As children of an eternal God, we are eternal. Too many of us are waiting for a time to come where we will finally reach our destiny . But our destiny is not a destination. Our destiny is Jesus Christ. In Him is the kingdom of God. He tells us in His word that the Kingdom of God is at hand but He also tells us the kingdom of God is coming. It would seem that these two scriptures contradict one another, but they don’t. Both scriptures represent the Kingdom of God as a spiritual presence all around us; an atmosphere filled with the glory of God. The Kingdom of God is not a place; it is a continuum which connects the past, present and future. God is our place. In Him we have our being. God is eternal and therefore His Kingdom is eternal.
Our destiny is God alone. There is no other destiny we need but Jesus.
In scripture it says that the kingdom of God is not eating or drinking, but righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit. This does not describe a physical environment, it describes a state of being. When we accept Jesus, we are born into a spiritual existence that is life giving. Our home is His kingdom. God’s kingdom is of light, love and peace and is more real than anything we could ever experience on earth.
Don’t be fooled and believe that God’s kingdom is something we journey to through life or death.
Look no further, you have reached your destination
Challenge: Look into scripture yourself and see what God says about the kingdom of God.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.