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There is an interesting phenomenon as you seek to live between two kingdoms: the kingdom of man and the Kingdom of God. The kingdom of man has to do more with the visible-that which you can see. The Kingdom of God is more about the invisible-that which is unseen. The kingdom of man is limited to the physical realm; the Kingdom of God is unlimited. It’s living in the spiritual realm that has direct impact on the physical.
When Jesus taught the early disciples to pray, he prayed for the Kingdom of God to be here on earth as it is in heaven. The spiritual nature of the Kingdom of God can be illustrated in so many ways. This week I want to examine the dynamic of the invisible-invisible walls that must be torn down and invisible connections that must be turned into channels of power.
Two passages come to mind, when thinking of the invisible, spiritual nature of how God works. The first is in the 4th chapter of Mark: And Jesus was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows-how, he himself does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”(Mark 4:26-29) The principle of invisibility is perfectly illustrated by a seed planted in the ground and powerfully growing up to the point of the plant being harvested. It’s invisible, quiet, and impossible to track!
Another is when Jesus asks the early disciples: “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 16:15-17) Jesus affirms Peter’s answer to the question, but quickly points out that no one taught Peter this truth. By this, Jesus is saying there is no way a person can come to the conclusion and belief that Jesus is God’s Messiah, the Son of the living God, through being taught this by any human-no flesh and blood. So, this truth about Jesus cannot be learned as a doctrinal set of beliefs. It’s not a physical, kingdom of man, kind of knowledge. It’s not an answer to a test question. This truth about Jesus can only be revealed to a person invisibly-spiritually. And, this revealing process is only performed by God, Himself.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I have spent too much time and energy in the visible, where the kingdom of man functions best. If God is operating in the invisible Kingdom, then why am I looking for Jesus out here in the kingdom of man?
Our God is the God of invisibility. Seek Him out for yourself.