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March 14, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What I See (The Kingdom of God 4)


The Kingdom of God

 

Luke 6:20

And [Jesus] lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

 

Thought for Today

In the Beatitudes Jesus declares that the Kingdom of God belongs to the poor. Jesus links poverty with the Kingdom because poverty and humility often go hand in hand. The poor more readily look to God for their basic needs. They see His hand at work in every good thing that comes their way. The rich are more likely to see the good things in their lives as a result of their plans and efforts coming to fruition. Self-sufficiency is the enemy of God’s Kingdom. We need to be constantly reminded that those who want to be first will be last in God’s Kingdom and the lowest servant will be greatest of all. God’s kingdom values are the opposite of the world’s values. Jesus is not really talking about bank accounts here. He is telling us that we all are poor in the things that matter. In the poverty of our spirit, our devotion, and our service we discover the Kingdom of God at work.

 

Prayer

Lord, I admit my poverty to You and rejoice that it drives me to Your Kingdom where my strength is found. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The Kingdom of God is where our best dreams come from and our truest prayers. We glimpse it at those moments when we find ourselves being better than we are and wiser than we know. We catch sight of it when at some moment of crisis a strength seems to come to us that is greater than our own strength. The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it. ― Frederick Buechner

 

Quote of the Day

You will never know that Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have. –Mother Theresa



Comments

03-14-2019 at 9:09 AM
Mark
Amen...
03-14-2019 at 7:22 AM
Lori Rueffer
"The Kingdom of God is our home." The comfort and security of those words brings me peace. Thank you for today's Devotional Quote!
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March 13, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What I See (The Kingdom of God 3)


The Kingdom of God

Wednesday

 

Mark 4:26-28

And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

 

Thought for Today

The standard Lutheran answer to the question, “where is the Kingdom of God?” is it is found wherever the Gospel is proclaimed and the Sacraments rightly distributed. This is a great starting point. Jesus told the crowd that Kingdom of God is found where the Good News is scattered like seed. The farmer can do nothing more than scatted the seed and hope that God does something with it. In the beginning of spring the field looks fallow. You can walk in a field where seed has been scattered and never know that the seed is beneath your feet. The Pharisees stood in such a field in the Kingdom of God. Jesus had scattered the seed of the Gospel. It was building a root system they could not see. God was active and they were unaware of it. Not until Pentecost would the stalks burst through the soil of the hearts that had received Jesus’ seed and show that a harvest was actually on the way. As you go out into the world today realize that God’s Kingdom is growing under your feet in places you did not know to look. Open your eyes (and you ears) and look for signs of its fruit beginning to poke through the surface. In the comment section share where you discovered God’s Kingdom growing today.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, I praise You that You are at work all around me and apologize that I spend so little time looking for the evidence of Your work. Make me extra sensitive to the growth of the Gospel in the lives of the people I meet today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The kingdom is not an exclusive, well-trimmed suburb with snobbish rules about who can live there. No, it is for a larger, homelier, less self-conscious caste of people who understand they are sinners because they have experienced the yaw and pitch of moral struggle. ― Brennan Manning,

 

Quote of the Day

Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.— Rose Kennedy



Comments

03-14-2019 at 6:37 AM
Lolita Moser
I saw the kingdom of God yesterday at the CVS in Northbrook.... with the Indian gentleman who checked out my purchases. We got on the subject of prayer and he said he grandfather died while praying. It was clearly a story he loved to share with people... and he shared it well !!!!!
03-13-2019 at 8:45 AM
Jeanette Dall
I see Gods kingdom evidenced in the lives of my five-year old twin granddaughters when they show love and concern for others. And when they are quick to pray for me or anyone els when we're not feeling well. Speaking of Jesus is very natural for them. I pray they will continue to grow in that way.
03-13-2019 at 8:37 AM
Erica Ciro
I see the kingdom of God in our 4/5th grade SS class. They share their experiences of inviting a classmate who is “different” to sit with her at lunch; to stand up for the child being bullied; to walk alongside a kid who has no one to play with at recess; asking for prayers for a wheelchair-bound student who is being teased. Their compassion and willingness to be a friend when most others won’t gives me joy.
03-13-2019 at 8:29 AM
Lori Rueffer
I see God's beautiful kingdom growing in the hearts of the women in the Wednesday morning Bible study. It's such a blessing to learn from each other and to pray together.
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March 12, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What I See (The Kingdom of God 2)


The Kingdom of God

 

Luke 17:20-21

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

 

Thought for Today

After three years of teaching, healing, serving and blessing, Jesus created quite a stir in Israel. Everyone thought that this must mean that the Kingdom of God was imminent. The Pharisees finally ask Jesus when it will actually come. Jesus tells them that they do not properly see the Kingdom of God. They are looking for the wrong thing. They are looking for the physical reign of God through His people over the nations. They want a palace and a throne, a crown and an army. Jesus responds that the Kingdom “is not coming in ways that can be observed.” It is not a physical place you can point to. There is no Yellow Brick Road that leads to it. In fact, the Kingdom of God is already here “in the midst of you.” They were standing in the midst of the Kingdom of God and didn’t even know it! So what is this Kingdom and how do we see what Jesus sees? Come back tomorrow and we will look together.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I know Your Kingdom is greater than anything we can expect in our humanness. Give me eyes to see it around me today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If we only had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, we would know that the Kingdom of God in the sense of holiness, goodness, beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to born both within ourselves and within the world; we would know that the Kingdom of God is what we all of us hunger for above all other things even when we don’t know its name or realize that it’s what we’re starving to death for. ― Frederick Buechner

 

Quote of the Day

Those who look behind will never see beyond. ― Sherry K. White

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