Luke 17:20-21 “Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, “Here it is,” or “There it is,” because the kingdom of God is within you.’”
The dialogue Jesus was having with these Pharisees was not much different than the dialogue we have today with other Christians. “Are you pre-millennial or postmillennial?” “Do you think our tornados and earthquakes mean Jesus is coming soon?” “Do you believe in once saved, always saved? These sort of discussions can quickly take our eyes off of God’s desire for the kingdom of God to live within us.
Keeping your focus on the kingdom of God living in and through you not only keeps your eyes on Jesus, but also keeps you focused on allowing God to be Lord of your life in all situations. Romans 5:10 highlights this principle: “For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!” God wants you to experience all of Him now as well as in heaven!
Luke 13:18-21 further expanded the concept of the kingdom of God in you: “Then Jesus asked, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches.” Again, He asked, ‘What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.’” You are not saved to be stagnant or waiting to be fruitful until you are spiritually mature. God saved you to be fruitful each day. Your life in Christ should be ever expanding to the point that God is not only growing in you, but also touching others through you. Your life should be refreshing to other Christians by Christ’s life in you and His work through you. Let this picture of your life in Christ challenge you to not just be a listener of Sunday sermons, but one who is touched to step out in faith and apply the truths in the sermon. Do not just attend Christian gatherings and Bible studies for self-edification. Attend those gatherings to allow God to better equip you for sharing the gospel to the lost, discipling new believers, helping those in need, and discipling Christians to be all that God calls them to be. Be an ever-expanding vessel for Christ where God’s kingdom is flourishing!! Let people look at God in you and say as Jesus said in John 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now My kingdom is from another place.”
Colossians 1:27 “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
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