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
In this life, we have a great understanding of things that we can see and touch. However, throughout the Gospels, Jesus is consistently pointing us to a complete understanding of how to understand life. He wants us to recognize a spiritual world, his spiritual plan, and of a spiritual existence, which is not seen with our eyes or touched with our hands. And he is trying to help us understand this spiritual world is more real and important than the present physical world.
When I was young, I remember having a great fascination with how things worked. Because of this, I loved taking things apart and putting them back together. I remember dismantling radios, phones, bikes, televisions, and watches to satisfy my curiosity. Sometimes I could reassemble them and sometimes not so much. Even today, I still have this deep longing to understand, and I still take things apart from time to time.
What I have discovered from this desire is that there is no end to learning. I believe that God has given us a desire to learn and grow so that we can know Him. And I believe He knows it will take us a lifetime to understand the meaning of the Kingdom of God.
Just consider Jesus’ interaction with the Pharisees in this text. After years of religious training, they still do not understand the kingdom or that the King of the kingdom is standing right in front of them. They have been trained for most of their lives in the scriptures and the ways of God, yet they miss knowing God personally.
Today don't miss God. In fact, that is what this celebration of lent is about—it's about giving attention in this natural life to what God did supernaturally for every one of us.
DO THIS: This week, we are focusing on the discipline of scripture.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Identify: someone you need to pray for who struggles to know God.
- Pray: for 5-minutes that this person would know Christ.
- Share: below, the person's first name you are praying for.
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