Lately I’ve been doing a lot of reading, thinking, and praying about what it means to live in the Kingdom of God.
Some of the first verse that came to my mind are
- But seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well… Matthew 6:33
- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
- …”The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Mark 1:14
- “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these…” John 14:11-13
A few of these verses I feel like I hear so much I often miss the message. I am definitely guilty of taking them for granted. I don’t think you can make it through any graduation without Jeremiah 29:11 plastered on just about everything, but the truth is that this verse carries power and truth, and living with this knowledge should change us.
What does it look like to live in the truth – the Kingdom of God? To live in a way where we know that we know God has a plan that provides us a future and a hope…I often feel like “yes, I’m aware of this” but really I want that truth to change the way I live. I don’t see another option. There’s a difference between knowledge and belief. I want to always live in a way where my belief is changing me.
In the back of Beth Moore’s book on Security she has a salvation prayer that talks about letting the Lord do impossible things, and fulfilling your destiny in the Lord. I want to do the impossible daily. I want to see the impossible done. I don’t think God calls any of us to less than the impossible. Again, if this word is truth, then anything less than impossible just doesn’t cut it. I want this kind of belief to change me daily. To live and walk in the Kingdom of God should change who I am. I can’t imagine that it won’t. I believe in great change through God; I believe that living and growing within Kingdom will yield things that we can’t even dream of – and I am so thankful for that.
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:14 It seems likely that the path through the Kingdom will seem impossible, but because of that journey through the impossible we will not/cannot stay the same. Bring it on.