Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
Not to downplay the future physical reign of Christ, but I see that aspect focused upon too often to the detriment of the entire kingdom that Jesus spoke of. I look around frantically at the “visible church” (myself included) and think ; “Wow, we really need to get back to basics of the kingdom. We are too easily taken in by thoughts of the future because we dislike our present. Where is the desire for the kingdom Jesus spoke of in Matt 3:2 ? We need to see that need fervently, and not just dream idly of the future aspects of God’s kingdom.
When we evangelize with others, are we seeing them as a person, or a project ? Is that an opportunity to share truth that can change their life now and forever ? Or are we making it just an end run to speak about hell ; to pull our trump card and watch them sweat? Are we so concerned with being right and winning the argument that we forget about the person who’s hurting from these earthbound wounds and needs healing now? The gospel presents itself as the medicine that is just as potent for living here on earth as well as after death; we had better present it as medicine and not a comeback to silence unbelievers.
That thinking follows us into our whole lives, we don’t really see this life as it is; as our last stand against evil; but we should. Thats the truth of the matter and Satan loves our complacency.
I can hear him now, a crackling hissing snarl, laughing flamboyantly…….
A true sentence overheard from between his laughing…
“The physical reign of Jesus comes, but those waiting till he comes to fight with him will miss the whole battle”.
20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”