The Kingdom of God

Posted on June 19, 2012

The book of Acts ends with this amazing scene:

Paul lived for two years in his rented house. He welcomed everyone who came to visit. He urgently presented all matters of the kingdom of God. He explained everything about Jesus Christ. His door was always open. [Acts 28:30-31 NIV]

Paul was under what we would call house arrest in Rome, yet he still had great opportunity to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God.

As Acts 28:31 hints, the Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ are inseparably linked. We seek first God’s kingdom (See Matthew 6:33) by following Jesus. We love God by following Jesus. Kingdom living means Jesus the Messiah has authority over my life. I give myself over to the charge and keeping of Jesus. I trust myself to Him. At the center of the concept of the kingdom of God is the authority of Jesus in our life. This is a person whose spirit is in willing submission to Jesus. They know the reign of Christ in their life.

What are the marks or signs that the kingdom of God is increasingly holding its sway over us?

  1.  We will become Christ-centered instead of self-centered. Jesus said that a disciple must deny himself and take up his cross daily. Practically, this means things like asking ourselves: Are my decisions kingdom compatible? Will they glorify/honor Jesus?
  2.  We will trust our heavenly Father for our needs and our circumstances. Am I allowing my faith/trust in Jesus to shape my response to the particular circumstances that I find myself in right now?
  3.  We will see the excellence’s of others.
  4.  We will spend time in prayer.
  5. We will praise and thank God for His grace. Whatever trouble awaits us tomorrow God will give us grace to meet it.
  6. We value knowing Christ personally as our Master more than anything (See Philippians 3:7-11, especially in The Message version).

Whatever our circumstances, let us have an “open door” to others, taking the opportunities we have to share the gospel.

-Pastor Rick Mailloux

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