Kingdoms

May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

When I was younger, the thought of Christ’s return was a scary one. All that foreboding imagery in Revelation, all that end times stuff, it was all a little… much.

The Apostle Paul describes in 2 Timothy 4 people who “long for his return” (8).

Many of us, if we are honest, do not share this sentiment. The idea of His return is not a positive one. Instead, it is pregnant with anxiety, worry, stress, fear, nervousness, dread and unease. Not the eagerness, excitement, and anticipation Paul describes.

Could it be that for many of us, the return of Christ with His Kingdom signals the end and the death of ours?

We kind of like our kingdoms. Our families, our homes, our jobs.

While these things are not bad, it is possible to become so consumed with building our own kingdoms here that we would actually feel disappointed if Christ returned with His. Because it would mean the end of ours.

Family. Retirement. Plans. Ministries. Initiatives. Relationships. Projects. All things that could cause you to feel robbed by the return of Christ is a part of your kingdom, and is something you are more in love with than Him.

The Kingdom of God is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man finds, and hides again. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field (Mt 13).

In his joy he gets rid of everything else because he has to have what’s in that field.

Is this the excitement with which you willfully lay down everything else in your life? Do you long for Christ with the anticipation Paul describes?

If not, you may have some things you need to lay down.

Pray that He fills you with excitement for His kingdom, and removes from you the taste and the appetite you have acquired for your own.

Amen.

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