Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 14 Scripture Selection: Luke 17:20-37
Food for Thought: Luke 17:20, 21
For years I had the impression that the Kingdom of God was just another word for heaven, God’s home and the place we believers in Jesus Christ go to when we die. Such an erroneous idea seems harmless, but the consequences of thinking like that actually interferes with our relationship with the Lord and our effectiveness in the Kingdom of God.
First, it leads people to believe that God is far away. When they pray, they look up to the sky in hopes of projecting their voice as high as possible to reach God. Sure, they will say that Jesus is in their heart, but maybe only figuratively speaking. Their faith in having their prayers answered is dim, at best.
Similarly, there are other Christians who feel like they are not worthy to belong just yet in the Kingdom. They spend much time talking about how unworthy they are as sinners. They think they have to wait to get their glorified bodies first before they can be admitted into the Kingdom. They ignore completely their position in Christ and that the Lord has called us to reign in this life (Rom. 5:17).
Romans 14:17 defines the Kingdom of God as righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. First Corinthians 4:20 adds that the Kingdom is not found in mere words, but in power. Thank God we do not have to wait till we die for all that! The Kingdom is within us. We take it with us everywhere we go. And when we tap into everything that the Kingdom consists of, then we have great confidence and are most effective for the King and His Kingdom.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):