‘At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” ’ (Matthew 11:25)
Those who have been following my devotions regularly may have noticed they have been less frequent. Indeed it has been a couple of months since my last one and I know some of you may be wondering why. I want to share with you what I am learning in the hope that you might also be inspired by my journey.
As I said in my last devotional, this year for me is about seeking first the Kingdom of God. The reason I have not been posting daily devotionals is quite simple. I don’t know anything about God’s kingdom, and the more I am learning about it the more I realize how little I know. How can I share about God’s kingdom in all good consciousness if I have no idea about it.
I know about Jesus and who he was and what he did, his death and ressurection. I know his role in returning a second time and restoring all creation to it’s former glory, as well as his role in creation at the begining of time, and his role in my own life in making me a new creation after his image.
I know my Father in heaven, his compassion and love. I know his role as creator and ruler of the universe. I know his grace and mercy, as well as his righteousness, holiness and majesty. I also know the feeling of being surrounded by his loving arms and being embraced by him in times of trouble.
I know the Holy Spirit and it’s life giving power. I know the gift’s he gives to help me do the work I am called to do. I know the fruit that my life produces when I learn to operate in it. I also know how he helps me become a spirit being as well as a human being. I know of his comfort and his role in helping me understand the things of God.
But about God’s kingdom I know nothing! This is the thing I am supposed to care about and desire more than anything else in my life, and yet I don’t have the first idea what it is. It is as mysterious to me as the deepest oceans or the furthest planets. In all my life spent as a Christian I have never been taught about the Kingdom of God. In all my time reading the Bible and listening to God I have ignored this concept completely.
If I thought about it at all, I just assumed that the Kingdom of God referred to heaven, and that until I died I would never understand it, so I should just move on and work with what I did understand. After all there are lots of things I won’t ever understand so why bother about these things if they don’t have an relevance to my life now?
How foolish I am. So many blessings, great joy, and incomparable wonder, and I was prepared to let them go in complete ignorance. The very things God want me to be passionate about, and to strive for – the very purpose of life, the good news Christ came to preach, the pearl of great price, the storehouse and supply of every need, the place in which a thousand years is but a day, the one place where we can find God’s perfect will being done – this is the Kingdom of God.
The problem for me is that it is something I can not see. It is something beyond natural comprehension. It is something that can only come from a revelation of the heart, and is beyond any study of the mind. It can’t be taught, it can only be caught. Only by faith can we see the kingdom.
‘And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” ’ (Matthew 18:3)