Kingdom in the Heart
the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21.
government under which Jesus lived was corrupt and oppressive; on every hand
were crying abuses-extortion, intolerance, and grinding cruelty. Yet the Saviour
attempted no civil reforms. He attacked no national abuses, nor condemned
the national enemies. He did not interfere with the authority or administration
of those in power. He who was our example kept aloof from earthly governments.
Not because He was indifferent to the woes of men, but because the remedy
did not lie in merely human and external measures. To be efficient, the cure
must reach men individually, and must regenerate the heart.
of the Pharisees had come to Jesus demanding "when the kingdom of God
should come" (Luke 17:20). More than three years had passed since John
the Baptist gave the message that like a trumpet call had sounded through
the land, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt. 3:2). And as
yet these Pharisees saw no indication of the establishment of the kingdom.
. . .
answered, "The kingdom of God cometh not with outward show [margin]:
neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of
God is within you." The kingdom of God begins at the heart. Look not
here or there for manifestations of earthly power to mark its coming.
works of Christ not only declared Him to be the Messiah, but showed in what
manner His kingdom was to be established. . . . It comes through the gentleness
of the inspiration of His word, through the inward working of His Spirit,
the fellowship of the soul with Him who is its life. The greatest manifestation
of its power is seen in human nature brought to the perfection of the character
of Christ. . . .
God gave His Son to our world, He endowed human beings with imperishable riches-riches
compared with which the treasured wealth of men since the world began is nothingness.
Christ came to the earth and stood before the children of men with the hoarded
love of eternity, and this is the treasure that, through our connection with
Him, we are to receive, to reveal, and to impart.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 197.