Mark 1:14-15 (NLT) Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
[Note: I’ve been developing one thought these past few days. You might call it a series. So, if this post doesn’t make sense, read about your permanent residence in heaven and your current refugee status.]
What if, even though you’re reading this in your kitchen or bedroom, you’re away from home? What if you’re not supposed to be living in this broken world? What if you’re just making do until you can be home with God in heaven? What if you’re a refugee trying to return to your native land?
The Kingdom of God is near! Today’s verse isn’t the only place Jesus announces the proximity of God’s Kingdom. Somehow, when you are close to Jesus, the Kingdom is nearby.
It’s probably no mistake that the two terms ‘Kingdom of God’ and ‘Kingdom of heaven’ are used interchangeably in the Bible. Are you thinking, “Heaven is a place we go when we die, right?” Yes and no.
The Kingdom of heaven is anywhere God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Sound familiar? Yes. And since Jesus was the only human to perfectly carry out God’s will on this earth, he is our example of Kingdom living.
How did Jesus prioritize his time? Who did he hang out with? How did he treat his enemies? How did he take care of himself?
Are you close to home? (tweet this)
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