What Exactly Is the Kingdom of God?

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“Passport, please.”

I handed the officer my passport and anxiously waited for him to motion me through the gate.

“What is the purpose of your visit?” He asked.

“Vacation.” I answered.

“How long will you be staying?”

“Four days.”

He handed my passport to me. “Next.”

I was in.

A citizen? No. Just a visitor.

How can we seek His kingdom unless we understand what His kingdom is?

Recall the words of Jesus.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 New American Standard Bible

The Greek word for kingdom is basileia. Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words notes that this is primarily an abstract noun, denoting sovereignty, royal power, or dominion. It does not refer to a physical territory but to the reign of God.

To seek His kingdom is to seek His reign over our lives. A king demands full authority over his subjects and expects absolute allegiance from them.

Although a visitor must follow all the rules, citizens are expected to be loyal.

Unlike an earthly king, God does not force His authority over us. It’s my choice to submit to Him, and submission must include every part of my life.

I can’t claim God as my King if I have not given Him full authority over all areas of my life.

Consider these steps:

  1. Prayerfully ask God to reveal those areas that have not been submitted to His reign.
  2. Write those areas down.
  3. Begin with one area and ask God to tell you how to turn it over to Him.
  4. Follow His direction.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each area on the list.

If we’re serious about putting Jesus first in our lives, we need to quit playing around with our relationship with Him and do what He said. Seeking God’s reign in my life is not an option.

Until next time, #Jesusfirst2016.

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