It's here. All around. Jesus said, "The time is coming, but not yet here when...."
Meaning it's visible, maybe just a corner or sliver, or section, but it's here ya'll.
The Kingdom of God is found where love is. Where peace is. Where joy is.
The Kingdom of God is healing.
The Kingdom of God is salvation.
The Kingdom of God is justice.
The Kingdom of God is compassion.
The Kingdom of God is humility and servanthood.
It's everywhere, but it doesn't appear on it's own.
It's been delegated to you and me, to us together, to proclaim it to people in our corners of the world.
Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them: “Do not go among the Gentiles, and do not go into a city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. - Matthew 10:5-8
"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." - Romans 14:27
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” - Luke 17:20-21
Are you as awestruck as we are? Why God might partner with us on something so pivotal may always be somewhat of a mystery. But it's true. We have work to do friends.
So as we all prepare for the weekend, leading services and teams and people, let's have this prayer be on the forefront of everything we do.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. - Matthew 6:10
Righteousness, peace, love and joy.
Want a challenge passage to study further?
He told them another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and worked into three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” - Matthew 13:33
Footnotes from Biblegateway.com:
This is the first time leaven is mentioned in the New Testament. See Ex 12:15 for the first mention of leaven in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word (seor) refers specifically to the leavening agent (as opposed to dough containing it), which today is thought of as yeast, a type of fungi. In Jewish thinking, leaven was symbolic of impurity and corruption. Jesus used it as a symbol for the corrupt and hypocritical teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees (see especially Luke 12:1; cf Matt 16:11; Mark 8:15), but He also used leaven’s ability to permeate a mass of dough many times its own size as an illustration of the spread of the kingdom of heaven as here and in Luke 13:21.