“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).

God penetrates the world with His light to contrast the darkness shadowing our existence. The fact is God is everywhere. David states in Psalm 139, “Where can I flee from your presence? If I go to the deepest place there will I find your presence.” What an empowering realization; you never have to be separated from God. The kingdom of God is within us, around us, among us, always at hand.

What do we know about the Father? God is love. So, we should put on the mind of Christ because He sees everyone through the love of the Father. He sees the sin that is blemishing our lives; He sees who we were supposed to be before marred by sin. He sees the grace we need and seeks to create an avenue to bring God’s mercy to us.

Jesus says in Luke 14:26, “Hate your father, mother, sister, brother, wife, child, and even your own life.” Obviously, He doesn’t want us to hate anyone. He is trying to shock us into releasing the death grip of this world and all the attachments that keep us missing the presence of God available to us. It is a re-prioritizing of our relationships that means these people are of not the primary source for our identity. Our nationality, gender, resume, and social status should be surrendered in order to be a child of God and reveal His divine nature of love.

Adapted from “A Tale of Two Kingdoms” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis