Small children have a delightful acceptance of things beyond their control. There is a certain fearlessness that is theirs because they don’t yet know all the ways things can go wrong. A toddler will fall down trying to go faster than his legs and balance can sustain him and will promptly get up and keep going. He does not seem to experience a sense of debilitating failure, and often finds the whole affair quite funny. He has absolute trust that his environment is meant to be a safe place to explore the possibilities of mobilization.
I think the Kingdom of Heaven is a similar environment. A place where peace reigns, where trust expands boarders, and where adventure delights. Imagine a place without fear and without human pride, where fellowship is sweet, where purpose satisfies, and where discoveries create. A place where the will of our Father enfolds our family, and we flourish in all the places Jesus, our King, has fashioned for us.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance….” (Ephesians 1:7-11a ESV)
Yes, we currently live in a fallen and shaking world, and it does not always appear that Jesus’ enemies are under His feet. Believing that He has won the victory is what enables us to pick ourselves up and keep going. Trusting that He holds all things together by the word of His power is what inspires us to look to the horizon and know we will get there. This is why we pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” When Jesus came, He said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” So, even though our feet of clay stand on a shaking world, our heart of flesh resides in another realm, one that will stand unshaken forever.
What a wonderous mystery we get to see unfold: the establishing of His Kingdom in the last days of the age of darkness. The more clearly we see Him, the more insubstantial are the things of this world. The more submitted to His authority, the more profound is our peace. The more intimate our relationship with Him, the more capacity we have for loving others. And this is how the Kingdom of God expands, one loving relationship at a time. He is a light in the darkness, and we are like a city set on a hill. (John 1:5 and Matthew 5:14)
Dear one, where in your life or in your heart do you need to see the Kingdom of God come to bear? Bring it to Him and submit it to His authority. When you do, expect to stand in the authority of His name, and what He says in heaven will be done on earth. If you call Him Savior, then you have been given the right to become a child of God. (John 1:12 NASB) It is acceptable for you to live in that reality. Jesus commands your destiny.
Until next week, beloved, pray for eyes to see His Kingdom.