What’s Going On? How Should I Respond?
The world has changed dramatically since March, 2020. Clearly, society has less to offer followers of Christ than ever before. Whether it’s going shopping at the mall, dining in a restaurant, wanting to gather at a music or sports event, or anything else the world has to offer, all of it has become difficult to do and it’s over-regulated. It’s lost its lustre. Some of us are concerned about getting a virus. Others are more concerned with government overreach, mandated rules and removal of freedoms that were unthinkable a few months ago. Without a doubt, the current situation presents us with a powerful opportunity. It opens the door to seek God and His Kingdom with more dedication than ever! This is what our Father in heaven has wanted from us for a long time. To dwell more richly in His Kingdom with deep and focused devotion.
What is the Kingdom of God?
In its broadest sense, the Kingdom of God (Kingdom of Heaven) is the rule of our sovereign God over the entire universe. He regulates the galaxies, stars, and everything in nature. And on a more personal level, our Heavenly Father is our Monarch.
The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. – Psalm 103:19 CSB
The Kingdom of God is His rule over us as we joyfully submit to His authority and enjoy His presence within us. Jesus told us that His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). The Kingdom is about repentance, entering into God’s free gift of salvation, and submitting ourselves to His reign over our lives.
From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near.” – Matthew 4:17 CSB
Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:5,16 CSB
How To Live “In The Kingdom”
Beloved, let us respond in a special way to the rapid decline of the world and its system before our very eyes. Let us pursue The Kingdom! This is an amazing opportunity for us to ignite our hearts toward our loving heavenly Father, and great King! Seek Him, focus on Him, and renew your dedication to Him in all that you think about, say, and do. This is the place where we should live. All else is corruptible and temporal. This is real life!
Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to you. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all. – 1 Chronicles 29:11
Then looking up at his disciples, he said: Blessed are you who are poor, because the kingdom of God is yours. – Luke 6:20
He is also the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. – Col 1:18
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Col 3:2
keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2
God’s Kingdom shines with the sheer brightness of His Presence as we live out love, joy, peace, and salvation in the encouragement and enabling of His Spirit.
With credit to Matt Chandler and Darrell Stetler II for the following points, the Kingdom of God is at least 3 things:
- Dwelling – “God with us”
- Dominion – “God’s rule over us & all things”
- Dynasty – “Our rule with God”
See the excellent videos on The Kingdom by Pastor Darrell Stetler II, of The Bible Methodist Church in Oklahoma City:
This Kingdom is GOOD NEWS for the poor and the repentant. Let us rise above our present troubles. Let us humbly recognize that we’re spiritually poor so we can be rich. Let’s be repentant. Live in His light and reflect it to others. Not hiding it under a basket. SharIng it. Introducing people to the Lord of The Kingdom. It will give them hope in today’s crazy times and they’ll be thankful for all eternity.