The Kingdom of God

“If we only had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, we would know that the Kingdom of God in the sense of holiness, goodness, beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to born both within ourselves and within the world; we would know that the Kingdom of God is what we all of us hunger for above all other things even when we don’t know its name or realize that it’s what we’re starving to death for. The Kingdom of God is where our best dreams come from and our truest prayers. We glimpse it at those moments when we find ourselves being better than we are and wiser than we know. We catch sight of it when at some moment of crisis a strength seems to come to us that is greater than our own strength. The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it” (Frederick Buechner).

The Kingdom of God isn’t so much a place as it is a person. It’s the now and not yet. It’s everything we’ve longed for but couldn’t name, all the prayer requests that went unspoken, every dream that remains unfulfilled.

It’s the field that contains a treasure great enough to make us sell everything to buy it. It’s the pearl beyond price that we’ll go into debt to obtain. It’s the lost coin located, the lost sheep found, and the prodigal coming home. It is nothing less that God breaking into our every day reality and turning it upside down (or finally turning it right side up again).

If we seek this kingdom, we get it and so much more.

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met” (Matthew 6:33, The Message).

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