If we follow Jesus, our relationship to him informs, guides, and impacts everything we do. We don’t integrate our faith or add our faith to anything. Faith in God is the foundation to everything we do. Following Jesus isn’t like following a sports team, band, or hashtag. When we follow Jesus, he becomes first in everything we do. We enter the kingdom of God when we do what he wants. And the only way we can voluntarily do what he wants is to grow our knowledge of him, and his word, the Bible.
Everyone wants to be their own king. One of the first words a toddler can say is “mine!” In the book, Eternity Is Now in Session by John Ortberg, he calls that kingdom language. They’re trying to establish domain over something, stuff, space, choices. We all want our own stuff and we all want to do our own thing. It may be your children arguing about control of the upstairs TV. We all want our own phones. My 4-year old grandson doesn’t want to eat anything unless he thought of it. None of us wants to be told what to do. Search the Internet for the phrase “you’re not the boss of me” and see what you find. We all want our own kingdom.
Our kingdom is where what we say goes. What we say happens. Our kingdom is the place where our wishes are fulfilled. We can eat what we want, we can do what we want.
Kingdom of God
The kingdom of God is where what he says goes. When we enter his kingdom, we do what he says. He is our king. Everything we do is for him, and because we have a relationship to him. When we do what Jesus wants, he gives us joy. We experience true joy and purpose when we embark on his journey, doing his work. The work Jesus gives us to do, even if we don’t like the activity, lasts forever. Nothing else will. Jesus’ work is the highest work there is.
Jesus is doing what the Father wants. And the Father wants everyone to know him and build a relationship with him while we’re free to choose. One day, that choice will be gone. Those of us who choose to follow will taste even more joy than we can experience here on earth.
If you have the guts, ask Jesus what’s keeping you from experiencing his joy daily. Then do something with the answer. What you do will make a difference in your life, forever. We will all spend eternity in his kingdom. But we can live there now, if we try.