Here is a question I received via email:
How are you?
How was your Weekend?
Just wanted to say Hi and to ask you a favor.
What can you tell me about the Kingdom of God?
Apart from Romans 14:17
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”.
Please Can you develop or give me your opinion or other references so that I can understand that.
Cause when the Bible said to seek the Kingdom of God First and the rest will be given to us. What God really means by to Seek Him First?
Is that simple to seek God?
I know that to be able to receive Jesus Christ in our life it is by Grace of God. It’s is a gift given to us. But to build that relationship with him what do I need?
Have a lovely & Blessed week.
Here is the answer I sent:
I’ve had an amazing last couple of weeks. Just brilliant! I traveled to Texas one weekend and then to Canada the following weekend. Both of them were amazing trips filled with God’s Favor. I was blessed in huge ways with all kinds of lovely surprises.
Several times, though, as I was traveling, you and your question came to my mind and I would pray for guidance to share my thoughts with you.
I have Matthew 6:33 painted on a canvas and positioned in my bedroom so that it’s one of the first things I see when I wake up: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness…”
That’s my goal with my time and my energy and my abilities and my resources and my relationships, and with everything I am and everything I have–I’m seeking God’s kingdom.
To seek something is to look for it. Now I think of that in a couple of ways.
1. Looking for it to recognize where it’s already happening. There are instances all around of God’s rulership and His sovereignty, His presence and His power, and sometimes all I have to do is look for them in order to spot them.
You know how our minds tend to see what we’re looking for? Sometimes you only see something when you begin to look for it. Maybe it was there all along, but at the point where it becomes important to you to find it, then all of a sudden you start noticing it everywhere. Like when I started dreaming of driving a Chevy Camaro, I began to see them everywhere. They were there before, but I didn’t see them until I was seeking. I think God’s Kingdom is like that.
2. Looking for it can also mean searching out ways to bring it where it currently is not. The Kingdom of God is a place where God’s Kingship is recognized and honored. In any place, a literal geographic location or a place in the mind, a pattern of lifestyle, a societal construct, where God’s rightful leadership is not honored, that is a place where Kingdom is not being observed, or not being observed fully.
After all, the entire universe is His domain, so really, it’s all His Kingdom, but there are places of rebellion, some from willful defiance, others from negligent ignorance. I look at those places and try to find ways to bring awareness, value and honor to the reality that this too falls under the reign of the Supreme King. I invite and encourage change in those places so that we are more fully aligned with God’s Kingship.
Thank you for asking such a great question. I suspect that I will discover more answers as I continue to ponder, but these two are my initial offerings.
What does the Kingdom of God mean to you?