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.
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."
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.
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.