“… and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.” Luke 17:21 NABRE
Jesus is asked if the kingdom of God can be observed and He reply’s no one will announce here it is or look there, the kingdom of God is among you. The kingdom cannot be observed or announced but somehow the kingdom is present. Because Jesus is in their midst in some way the kingdom is already present. In Jesus presence the kingdom of God is among us. It is not fully the kingdom of God but it is an indication the fullness of the kingdom will come. Today the kingdom of God is present when we who follow Jesus live with Jesus within us. Jesus is always present in us when we live as Jesus intends us to live, we are to be Jesus to others and thus we are the ones bringing the kingdom of God, making it among us. In many ways we, followers of Jesus, are responsible for bringing the kingdom of God into the world.
What is God’s kingdom? It is wholeness, peace, justice, love, caring for others, never having to worry about shelter, or food, or purpose, it is freedom and we are to participate in all of it. We must realize we are not responsible alone, firstly God is already working in the world before we arrive. God alone converts people, we can only show our joy in knowing God to others and then let God take it from there. God is the one who will bring the kingdom in its fullness, we are hoping to be a part of it fully coming. Meanwhile, we are called to be Jesus in the world, letting people know the kingdom of God is among them.
Do you bring Jesus with you wherever you go? What is the kingdom of God like for you?God is the one who will bring the kingdom in its fullness, we are hoping to be a part of it fully coming. Meanwhile, we are called to be Jesus in the world, letting people know the kingdom of God is among them. Click To Tweet
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