“The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” - Luke 17:20-21 NKJV
This week we are searching the scriptures for the answer to the question: Where is the Kingdom? If I say to you “The Kingdom is at War”, you might think: where is this kingdom? What are its borders? It’s strongholds? I think of that scene from the Lion King where Mufasa brings Simba to the highest point and tells him “Everything the light touches is our Kingdom.” That kingdom was physical, but according to Jesus ours is more!
The Pharisees asked Jesus this question and his response was “The kingdom of God is within you.” Other translations say the kingdom is “in your midst”. We are going to talk about all the resulting implications this week, and today we’ll consider the root from which everything else grows. The kingdom is within your heart. You bear the image of God. God has claimed you as His own, and the blood of Jesus has set you free from the darkness that surrounds us. Your heart is a kingdom stronghold to protect. I will often look in the mirror and wonder how that could be true. I disgust myself regularly with how weak and fickle my heart is sometimes, chasing after things that are utterly meaningless. But God loved me and chose me to be His, despite everything I hate about myself. The kingdom is within me, and the kingdom is also within you.
Daily Battle Order:
Look in the mirror. Really look, with honesty. It will become uncomfortable the longer you look. You know every hole in the wall of your own fortress. Remember that God loves you, God chose you. The Kingdom starts with you. Every hole needs to be fortified. Time to start building.