Kingdom of God

It is like what happens when someone plants a mustard seed in a garden. The seed grows as big as a tree, and birds nest in its branches.”

…It is like what happens when a woman mixes yeast into three batches of flour. Finally, all the dough rises.” (Lk.13:19-22 CEV)

Kingdom is where the King reigns. When God is reigning in peoples’ lives the qualities of His Kingdom are visible. By your life you reveal who your God is.

Jesus presented a view of God’s Kingdom which was very different from what the religious community of His time perceived. He was the King but the characteristics and the establishment of His Kingdom was so radically different.

Characteristics of God’s Kingdom

It is something that is dynamic, growing and reaching out far and wide. Others would find shelter and refuge in it. It is like a tiny mustard seed growing into a large plant that provides its fruit to people and rest to those who come to it.

It is also all pervasive in its nature like the yeast. Its quality penetrates into the whole community and affects it for good. It influences all those who come in contact with it.

Entering God’s Kingdom

The road that leads to God’s kingdom is narrow and difficult. Those who want to take it need determination and commitment to keep walking in it. It is so easy to fall of the narrow way. One cannot change his focus while treading this path.

It also shows clearly that there is one door which is going to be closed some time soon. This door is Jesus. He claimed that He is the only way to Heaven (John 14:6). He said He is the door. Those who wandered here and there, tried to enjoy the multi-lane express ways, and are late in making up their minds to get to ‘the narrow door’ will be shut out. Crying out after the door has been shut is worthless. Enter in while the door is still open.

The response to the cries of those who are left out says clearly that one needs to know the King in order to enter into the kingdom. In fact the King should know you. Those who turned to Jesus acknowledging Him as their only Savior has been given the privilege to know God as their heavenly Father (John 1:12). God knows them too (John 10:9,14). Only such will enter the kingdom.

Do you know the King? Does He know you?




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