inner kingdom

Thy kingdom come…

Let your Kingdom come, let your will be done also in the earth, just as it is in Heaven. Matthew 6:10 Aramaic Bible in Plain English

We hear of Jesus coming but what does it mean for His Kingdom to come? How long do we have to wait? Are we waiting on Him to come or is He waiting on us?

The word ‘come’ in this passage of Matthew 6:10 means to come and go. It literally translates to arrive such as to come from one place into another. Encountering the kingdom is more than reading about it in a book. The Kingdom is a path to follow, an experience to share with others, and a destination at which to arrive. The word to arrive suggests that the Kingdom is trying to reveal itself to us as intensely as we are to discover it. Christ came to help us. He joins us as we walk along the path of life. He frames the lessons we learn from each experience, and He is the rewarder who lovingly receives us as we arrive.

Where the King lives…

The word Kingdom is translated as basileia.  It represents the place where the King can be found. Most are familiar with what a kingdom represents but few of us have had a real experience of living in one. This may be why the visible kingdom, His church, has misconceptions and prejudices. The kingdom is diverse. The seven churches in the Book of Revelation give us a glimpse into the beautiful contradictions of the body of Christ and where the king lives. Each church is unique but together represents the body of Christ.

The kingdom is hidden within not buried in the sand like a Pirate’s treasure in the hopes that no one will ever find it. Christ chose to rather safeguard His dwelling place. We naturally look to external characteristics to determine where Christ lives but we are admonished to look at the fruits of the Spirit instead (patience, hospitality, love…). Herein lies a great challenge. Where Christ can be clearly seen is not based on quantity (financial success, congregation size, lineage) but quality (love, neighborliness, philanthropy). We see, hear, and feel Him through people who display His attributes as they live, talk, and walk in their daily lives.

The kingdom comes within you

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:20-21 KJV

The kingdom is revealed where believers are awakened to His presence. These individuals practice love and mercy. They understand that Christ has given them a tangible responsibility, to be a light in this world, to demonstrate the love Christ has for creation. Bringing His Kingdom into each moment of their lives takes courage. Only real children of God will shine in the darkness of this world.

Christ has entrusted us with His kingdom. In this inner kingdom we find wisdom and revelation to guide us through this life. The King is arriving. He is setting up His kingdom in the hearts of people. We welcome His presence in our hearts. And in this world, we pray, Thy kingdom come.

Final Meditation…

There is an old hymn entitled, Oh to be Kept By Jesus. Wheeler Mass Choir. The song talks about the need for Christ to be in our life to walk out His purpose in us as we live for Him. Being kept is to allow Him to live in us. Life without His infilling is empty. We are filled to pour out into others. 🙏🏽

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