“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17: 20-21)
The kingdom of God, that place of harmony, peace, a sense of resolution and satisfaction, is not a place outside of ourselves or in another dimension of space or experience. Jesus was well aware of the active reality of this heavenly kingdom, for his knowledge of its available presence brought healing to many in his day and beyond.
We have to put the brakes on that mental state that is always waiting for tomorrow to bring in the blessings, effectively pushing the kingdom of heaven away by our rejection of this moment’s opportunities for prosperity, health, and joy. In the same way, we might set our heavenly life as contingent upon another person—what they can do or what they are not doing or what they have taken away or can take away from us. We may decide that a circumstance or even a specific spiritual revelation is the key to getting us in the door of heaven.
But, Jesus clearly said to stop looking to others, to locations, to the future or to the past. He told us that our kingdom was within us. It isn’t to be found with the physical senses, but in spite of them. It is the truth of ourselves that God put there, within us. It is that childlike self that is innocent, free, made in God’s image and given the awareness of that fact and the love that goes with it. The kingdom of God is found in the purity of heart that accepts it, that is willing to believe and so to live that present heaven that is our very being.
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