Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, spends a lot of time talking about what it looks like when the kingdom is among us – when we are abiding in the kingdom of the heavens. It is a wonderful place where things are turned upside down from the world’s point of view – where the first will be last and the meek will inherit the earth.
What does that look like in every day life though?
- like moving our family to a place where people desperately need to hear the good news about Jesus even though it is far away from home?
- like being a beacon to those in our neighborhood, school, and job that leads them to Jesus’ perfect love?
- like being best friends with the one that most would avoid?
- like bypassing the things we want so that we can provide things that others need?
- like refusing to take revenge – in traffic, in sports, in life?
- like sacrificing our rights so that others can be saved?
The kingdom of God lived out on Earth looks like the Daggett’s or the Meyers or the Thomas’s – giving up the “American Dream” of a bigger house, a nicer car, better clothes, and better schools because they are sold out for Christ and the life He offers, and want, and at all cost, to share that with their world.
The kingdom of God lived out on Earth looks like a teenager standing up for what’s right at the risk of being ostracized or made fun of, or protecting the one who has become the butt of everyone’s jokes.
The kingdom of God lived out on Earth looks like those who serve those who have little, regardless of the reason for their poverty.
The kingdom of God lived out on Earth looks like inviting a child into your
family through fostering or adopting because that is what God did for every one of us.
The kingdom of God lived out on Earth looks like washing the feet of those who would be your enemies as a way to bridge the gap made by Satan.
We are all in charge of our own personal kingdom – the question is: Does your kingdom fit inside the parameters of His?