We can find courage in knowing that His sovereign reign is in sync with His holy character.
By: Tom Casey
Editor’s note: This is part 2 in a series on biblical stewardship.
Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus proclaimed and taught the reality of the Kingdom of God. In Matthew 13, Jesus told the parable of sowing seed to teach the importance of understanding the Kingdom. Jesus tells us that if we hear the word of the Kingdom and don’t grasp it, the evil one will come and snatch the word from our heart (vs. 19). He then tells us that if we hear the word of the Kingdom and do grasp it, we will bear fruit in proportion to our ability to enter into and live according to the realities of His Kingdom (vs. 23).
Acquiring a good understanding of the Kingdom of God is the glue that holds everything else together. Without an understanding of the nature, character and purpose of God and the operation of His Kingdom, the Scriptures will seem like disjointed pieces of a puzzle that never seem to come together.
We will see bits and pieces of truth from the Scriptures, but we won’t understand and grasp the “big picture” reality and its relevance to our everyday lives. Consequently, when difficult times come and these bits and pieces of Scripture are severely challenged in our lives, we will revert to what we do understand – what our past experiences and our physical senses tell us is real. When that happens, the seed of the Kingdom that has been sown in us will be snatched away because we haven’t acquired the necessary assurance and wisdom that comes with grasping and trusting the realities of the Kingdom of God.
In order to understand the Kingdom of God, we must first understand its nature and how it relates to us and our world today. The Kingdom of God is a real one that God dynamically rules over. Therefore, the nature, character, authority and operation of this kingdom find their realities and their dynamics in the nature, character, authority and ability of God, Himself. God does not and will not change and, therefore, these aspects of His Kingdom will not change. The manner in which God rules his Kingdom will never conflict with his personal nature and character.
This should give us confidence and hope as we seek to grasp a greater understanding of the Kingdom of God and how it impacts our lives and activities as Christians. We will continue our quest to become more successful stewards of the Kingdom of God in my next post.