Last night, I was going through some archives and came across this description of the Kingdom of God that moved me and has since shaped the way I approach life. I heard it from John Paul Jackson of righteous memory on his show, Dreams and Mysteries on the episode – The Kingdom of God. It was worth sharing today.
On that episode, the scene begins with John Paul sitting down with a woman. He begins talking about the inner life. Then shifts to the subject of the Kingdom. He talked about the woman’s inner issues which he noted were mostly spiritual. Then, he said –
Because it is spiritual, they require some change. One that begins inside of you more than anywhere else.
We all live in a kingdom and there are many kingdoms.
There have been many kingdoms of men throughout history.
They come. They go. They rise. They fall.
But, there is a kingdom. A kingdom above every kingdom that spans far beyond the limited kingdoms of men. One cannot see the castles on earth of this kingdom because this kingdom begins in the heart. It begins inside of us.
This isn’t a kingdom of politics or economics but of brotherhood.
It has an aristocracy not based on dominance but on service.
It has a house of Lords but it is not filled with eldest sons but of selfless brothers.
It’s not a kingdom of pride but of humility.
It knows no greed but fosters selfless giving.
It’s a kingdom that does not banish the weak but offers to make the weak strong.
This kingdom is the kingdom of heaven.
And in the final analysis, how we’ve lived our life in this kingdom is all that will matter.
There are some things that God wants to do that begins inside of you that’s going to change everything in your life. But it is going to require you accepting His only begotten son.
That kingdom begins with Jesus and with you accepting him and his sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins and payment to help you draw near freely and boldly to God your creator who longs to be a good father to you.
Thank you, John Paul. Until we meet again
One Love, One Spirit