Have You Seen the Kingdom Today?

Have You Seen the Kingdom Today?

God’s kingdom is here on earth and we live it and breathe it. But sometimes we forget to notice it. Sometimes we are so focused on the next task, or the next hurdle that we miss the beauty growing out of the crack by our feet, or the whisper of truth coming from a child’s lips.

I know I am often guilty of this–of being so focused on my agenda that I totally ignore most of what I pass by on my way to the next thing. Writers are supposed to be great observers, but I am sometimes shocked by how completely oblivious I am to what is going on around me.

I don’t think Jesus was ever oblivious. I think he always paid attention to the people and beauty and needs and fears that surrounded him. I suspect he saw his father’s glory reflected in roadside wildflowers and the sad smile of a hungry girl.

And because he saw the kingdom everywhere, he interacted with it everywhere.

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish. John 1:14 (MSG)

What story do we tell our neighborhoods with our flesh and blood? How do we use our feet and hands and lips to interact with the kingdom around us? We are each called to follow Jesus, but we each ought to follow him in our own unique places, in our own unique way, with our own unique personality.

What does that mean for me, today? It starts with me asking God to give me eyes that see and ears that hear. So I won’t miss the kingdom stuff happening amongst the weeds, or at the dinner table.

I’m trying to see the kingdom today. Are you?

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About Lisa Betz

Lisa Betz writes from an empty nest perched on a wooded Pennsylvania hillside. When not volunteering at the school, church or library, she writes about life, both now and two-thousand years ago.

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  1. Janet K Brown says:

    Good advice, Lisa. God’s Kingdom is beautiful & everywhere we look. I’ll pray that prayer also.

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  2. Recently our pastor said that we see what we look for. How true. But at the same time, what a challenge.

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