Kingdom In Your Midst

Luke 17:20-21

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

I thought I would write some more about the Gospel of Luke.

Luke is becoming my favorite book of the New Testament and one of my favorites of the whole Bible.

I have written how God is talking to us and showing us things everyday but we fail to see them because we are caught up in our daily activities and ourselves.

This is what Christ is saying to the Pharisees, the leaders of the temple, the ones who are to be in tune with God.  Here in your midst stands the Son of God and you are caught up in yourself, your power, your prestige and earthly matters.  The very presence of God, unbeknownst to you, is causing you great fear and anxiety, so much so that you are seeking to rid yourself of this presence.

I think Christ is not only speaking to the Pharisees but to us.

The Kingdom of God is always with us but we are caught up in ourselves and can’t see it or understand it.

We stand around trying to be spiritual waiting for someone to point it out.  We are too lazy spiritually to do the work to understand and see the Kingdom of God.

Like a lot of things in life we don’t want to put in the work to reap the reward.  As Christ said, you reap what you sow.

We desperately want to see the Kingdom of God but don’t want to work so when some snake oil salesman comes by saying, “Look, here it is”, we take the easy way out and follow them.  And sometimes we are following them to the realm of the devil.

Some of us just don’t want to believe and so we stand around waiting for God to send us a sign.  We expect the clouds to part and some angelic image from a Renaissance painting to glide down on a three headed creature, point to us and say, “Here it is, stupid.”

When that doesn’t happen we say well there must be no God.

No, you are just too lazy to put in the work to see the Kingdom of God right before your eyes.

I work on overcoming my spiritual blindness every day and every day I see a little more.  Some day by the grace of God I will say, “I once was blind but now I see.”

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