With just two simple words Jesus Christ opened the Kingdom of God to all who would respond. These two words continue to resound from His throne to us today, and we do well to pay attention.
I am honored to have my first guest post written by Anna Foulkrod. I first met Anna during my Daughter’s wedding back in September of 2012. Anna was organizing the Wedding Reception. I could hardly believe she was only 17 at the time. This girl was collected, organized, and in charge. She is arguably one of the most amazing young ladies I have every met.
Anna blogs at As Always, Anna. While not entirely new to the blogosphere, Anna is an up and comer that will have much to share with the world. I hope you will take the time to visit her blog. For now, please read on as Anna shares from her heart what the Kingdom of God means to her.
Recently, my day took an unexpected turn right at the start. I hadn’t connected with the Lord yet, but I figured I could attend to these other matters and connect with Him once I was through. After all, it was just a few quick errands: drop off something here, pick up something there, you know the drill. What’s the big deal, right?
So I did my running around and finally settled back into my office chair a couple of hours later. That’s when the question came.
“Where were you a couple of hours ago?”
The Lord doesn’t ask us questions because He doesn’t know the answer. He asks to see if we will humble ourselves and admit the truth. I knew exactly where I was. I was running around thinking I could handle these few things on my own without any help from Him.
It was then that this statement hit me with resounding clarity.
“The ultimate foolishness in life is thinking we can live for even a moment without the Lord.”
The Master stated that the key to a successful Christian life was daily abiding in Him (John 15:5). And while we may mentally assent to this, we often find ourselves running back to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and deciding for ourselves what is right or wrong, good or bad, what we can or can’t handle, etc. It is that human tendency within us to live independent of God that can only be relegated to death by daily submitting to the King. Brining ourselves under the rule of the King opens the door for the Ultimate Life to be lived in and through ours.
Needless to say, I had some repenting to do. I didn’t only repent for this time. I also repented for all the times I had forged ahead into “whatever” without giving the Lord a second thought. Through it all I was once again brought back to the reality that true life can only be experienced by living in the Reign.
We have all heard it said that there are two sides to every story, and the truth is somewhere in the middle. I’m not sure I believe that anymore.
I believe every story has three sides. My side. Your side. God’s side. Guess where the truth lies.
That means we can only get to the truth by living in the Reign.
It never ceases to amaze me how the King could take such simple things from everyday life and use them to profoundly illustrate the Kingdom of God. But that is the true essence of a parable. It takes something ordinary and throws it alongside a spiritual truth in order to make it come alive in the minds of those who have ears to hear. In this post we will look at a picture the King took from the kitchens of the day to help us understand how the Kingdom progresses.
Through all the teaching and preaching we find in the four Gospels, never once did Jesus provide a clear definition of the Kingdom of God. This was largely due to the fact that His audience, because of their history, would have had some idea what it referred to. He did, however, tell lots of stories related to the Kingdom. What was that all about?