Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.”
Jesus never seemed to be preoccupied with some distant day when you “get to heaven.” He seemed to be much more preoccupied with “getting to heaven” now. Now is where you will find the kingdom of God if you are present to it. Christ is present in the person next to you and in nature that surrounds you. How are you present to that Presence? How are you present to the Presence of God within you? I once heard a college student give a presentation about five medical mission trips he had been a part of to Haiti, Honduras, and South Sudan. He said that he used to be preoccupied with video games and other idle pursuits of fun…until going on a mission trip that he really didn’t want to go on. When he met face to face with an impoverished child in need…his pursuits changed. He realized a greater purpose for his life. Now his mission is to help people. No one announced the kingdom of God to him…he simply encountered it in the face and the need of a child. I call this a “Christ encounter.” Such an encounter…will transform your life. Are you open to such an encounter?
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