“What a world!” – you’ve said it – I’ve said it.
But maybe you’re not particularly conscious of anything changing much? Maybe you haven’t clocked-in enough years to make a comparison between how things were and how they are, or have become?
During the last world war (before my time), everything had to be rationed because of the crisis of the hour.
Hardship was the experience of most. Nobody wants hardship – right? And some of us have never had it so good. But that ‘feel good factor’ can be transient.
Everything in life can come ‘under threat’. There is for example our necessary food supply. There’s necessary material needs to be met. There’s our health to be taken care of. There’s our mental and emotional well-being. All of these areas can come under some kind of ‘threat’. There’s man’s inhumanity to man to contend with. There’s the breakdown in the rule of law.
Everything and anything, can come ‘under threat’.
What makes life ‘worthwhile’?
Much of the above categories (food, material possessions, emotional needs, health etc.) get a mention when people attempt to express what makes life worthwhile. There’s also the ‘worthwhile’ boxes, of friendship and comradery to be ticked. But many can’t tick those boxes, because they remain isolated and alone.
For me it’s clear that everything under ‘threat’ – is becoming increasingly more – ‘under threat’. Stability in all aspects of life is being threatened. But maybe you don’t see this instability increasing like never before (?).
In our ‘own’ little world – we might be doing ok. And mostly that’s ok.
In the larger world we shall have tribulation, but while our comfort zone remains intact – we are doing ok.
However survival is the morning’s first ‘thought of the day’ for many. Another day to be pre-occupied with survival.
If we are in the comfort zone of our own little world – we are aware vaguely of those who are fighting for survival elsewhere – out on the perimeter somewhere.
Are things getting worse? In a word – Yes! But the increased instability is not really perceived by many, because it’s like a hidden virus at work.
We become hardened or indifferent to the bad news. We also, if we have any shred of desire to help, switch-off, because the demands are so great, we feel totally inadequate in our ability to really make a difference. So we prefer to be real, than pretend to be concerned about the overwhelming needs of countless multitudes on the earth facing the hardships of war, famine, pestilence, poverty, sickness, natural disasters and so on. It’s all too much to contemplate.
The kingdom of God spoken of in the Bible, is a spiritual kingdom. It is out of sight. It isn’t visible at first, except to the citizens of the kingdom.
It is likened to the smallest seed – planted. That grows into the biggest tree.
It’s a ‘nothing’, a non-entity to the natural mind. It dwells invisible to the ‘never had it so good’ comfort-zone mentality, it dwells unseen to those in the poverty-stricken zone, it doesn’t exist to many in the world of the ‘well-to-do’. It’s hidden to those in all walks of life and differing social strata.
It cannot be known until you hear the invitation to enter. Until a revelation of the unseen realm comes to you. And when it does and you see the King of the kingdom offering you free entrance on the condition of humility ‘God be merciful to me a sinner!’ – you see for the first time that it is an invisible kingdom running parallel with the one everybody else is born into, which is the kingdom of this world.
This kingdom of God dwells in the human spirit, where Christ dwells by invitation only. It consists of the King of the kingdom, the people of the kingdom, the rule of the kingdom.
It is entered into by faith alone.
As the tares grow in the world and manifest the works of darkness, so the wheat also grows manifesting the works of light, to those who have eyes to see. (Matthew 13/24-26)
If all, were to enter, this kingdom of God and His Christ, it would transform our outer world. It is a kingdom that exists for eternity – and consists of a society within a society, hidden from the natural eye and mind.
The people of the kingdom who live by the kingdom’s life-supply – have escaped the corruption that is in the world. It is a kingdom opposed, shunned or rejected by the visible world as being unrealistic and a fairy tale.
It is a kingdom where unfortunately those in it, do not always keep its rules to the mis-representation of the kingdom. Too many have shunned the kingdom because of its citizens and their perceived hypocrisy.
But the point of being in the kingdom is to ever carry the learner’s plate around our necks, with acknowledgement that we are a ‘work in progress’.
It’s a great revelation when we realize, that the merits of the kingdom depend solely on the character and attributes of the King of the kingdom, and not on His followers.
No man ever spoke like this man (this King). He alone has the words of eternal life, in His ‘right now’ kingdom.
In this world things will get worse and worse (e.g.: II Timothy 3/12-14).
But He says (often in a whisper) to the children of the kingdom: ‘…be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.’ John 16:33.