A Kingdom not of this World

If God is truly sovereign – and I believe He is – then the timing of Jesus’ arrival on earth was no accident.

But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman…”~ Galatians 4:4 (The Message) 

So Jesus is sent to dwell among us at just the right time – according to God’s wisdom. But have you ever looked closely or considered what kind of world He came into. The people of Israel were living as exiles in their own land. They desperately wanted and expected that the promised Messiah would restore Israel to its former days of glory by kicking out the Romans.

But Jesus announced and ushered in the kingdom of God with little or no regard to the governing authority of that day. Does that make sense to you? It’s as if the kingdom of God is not dependant on any form of earthly government. Jesus himself said…

“My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” ~ John 18:36

God’s kingdom was ushered in dependent not on a governing authority but by bringing new life to individuals desperate to participate in the dance of the Trinity. And when individuals experienced new life in a community of believers, the world was turned up-side-down.

God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Do that and you’ll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you. ~ Romans 14:17-18 (The Message)

As another election process here in America comes to a close, I am mindful that neither candidate was completely right or wrong. And whether or not our choice of candidate got into office; our real hope lies within the kingdom of God.

All other governments or systems will one day fail but those who have placed their hope and trust in Jesus will not be disappointed.

Thank you Lord Jesus for making available to us a new citizenship within the Kingdom that will last forever on into eternity.

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© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.

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2 responses to “A Kingdom not of this World

  1. Yes, now is a good time to reflect on which kingdom is worthy of our allegiance and our hope.

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