The Sweet Stuff Ministry

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Looking for the Kingdom of God

Luke 17:20-21  "....The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is, or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."

The following passage is from The Imitation of Christ written by Thomas A' Kempis in the 1400s.  In this meditation, he writes about turning to God with all our hearts, forsaking the external world and finding joy and peace in the Holy Spirit.  He says that by doing these things, we will find the kingdom of God.

       "Give place then to Christ, but deny entrance to all others, for when you have Christ you are rich and he is sufficient for you.  He will provide for you.  He will supply your every want, so that you need not trust in frail, changeable men.  Christ remains forever, standing firmly with us to the end.
       Do not place much confidence in weak and mortal man, helpful and friendly though he be; and do not grieve too much if he sometimes opposes and contradicts you.  Those who are with us today may be against us tomorrow and vice versa, for men change with the wind.  Place all your trust in God; let Him be your fear and your love.  He will answer for you; He will do what is best for you."

Such eloquent writing from centuries ago!  I find this book to be a wonderful meditation and interpretation of biblical principles.  What I find most interesting is that even centuries ago, people were troubled by the actions of others.  The inner struggles of the world versus eternity have been in place since the beginning of people.

This writer has a clear picture of what our priorities and loyalties must be.  Those loyalties must be rooted in God for he never changes, yet people do change.  Trust God and love him with all your heart and you will find His kingdom. 

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