The Kingdom of God
I was having my ‘Quiet Time’ this morning and after only a few minutes, the door to the lounge crept open and a little voice said: ‘Peter wants you Mummy’ –Quiet Time suspended! After a lovely time with Peter ( 3 years old), getting him dressed, chatting, setting up the train set and playing trains and then chatting with Nathan & Steven and making hot chocolates all round, I managed to continue my time with Jesus on my Saturday morning run.
To be fair, I think the send off from the boys, waving & smiling from the window encouraged me to run further! However, I’ll admit my head kept filling up with loads of other irrelevant thoughts, but I did pray intermittently & gave stuff to God. Finally, after more chats with the boys, setting up a DVD & showering, I managed to hide in the study to spend more quality time alone with Jesus.
Interestingly, my chosen Scripture for today, taken from a Bible Plan stuck in the front of my rather tattered & old bible, was Luke 17:1 -18:43. In Chapter 18 verses 15 to 17, Jesus blesses little children.
“Let the children come to me! Never send them away! For the Kingdom of God belongs to men who have hearts as trusting as these little children’s. And anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get within the Kingdom’s gates (Luke 18:16-17)”
Although, in these passages I read today, there are a number of stories and themes, including forgiveness, faith, healings and the importance of persistent prayer, I was struck by Jesus’ words on ‘The Kingdom of God’:
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)
The Living Bible says ‘For the Kingdom of God is within you’. This clearly reveals that The Kingdom of God is not like an earthly Kingdom with geographical boundaries. I think, like many Christians, I fall into the trap of looking to institutions or programmes for evidence of the progress of God’s Kingdom. However, the Kingdom of God consists of the work of God’s spirit in people’s lives and relationships.
Jesus wants our hearts; he wants to help us build healthy relationships. The Kingdom of God is built on faith, trust and love.