This is an excerpt from my new book, "Living a Transformed Life."
Jesus was willing to sacrifice everything so He could bring us back into a relationship with the Father. He knew he was facing humiliation, torture and death, but He only thought of us. Reestablishing our dominion and position required His death, burial, and resurrection. With the horrific ending of His life approaching, He calls His disciples with the tender term, "little flock," and tells them not to fear. He continues in Luke 12:32, explaining, "It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
Establishing the kingdom of God means more than simply attending church. Sadly, many churches neglect teaching about the kingdom, or they don’t even know how to identify it. This is tragic because the meeting of believers should provide the gateway through which others understand restoration of our dominion. Instead, we sometimes gather on a Sunday as a place just to socialize.
We all must cultivate an imagination for the things of God. We need to think beyond our own limited views. Nicodemus could not understand when Jesus said, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). He thought Christ was talking about a physical birth. Paul clarifies that the kingdom of God is far deeper than the physical realm, saying, it "is not meat and drink but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost" (Rom. 14:17).
As our understanding deepens, we will not only sing about a better life in eternity but we will also experience dominion over circumstances and claim victory now. Jesus taught us to pray, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:10). His prayer makes it clear that God’s government is to expand on earth through His people.
Establishing God’s kingdom should be the outpouring of our worship. The life of a Christian is not to be oppressive. Jesus says His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matt. 11:30). The reason living out God’s purpose is freeing is because it is accomplished through the work of the Holy Spirit. No one is able to perform the works of God independently, for man-made rules and procedures only produce frustration.
Just a glimpse of the heavenly elements can make a difference. Seeing the kingdom of heaven in our midst right now, can change us, our families, our city, and affect change for the world.
This grand journey begins with asking Christ to forgive your sins and to fill you with His Holy Spirit. Trust Him to restore the fullness of your spiritual inheritance and establish the kingdom of heaven through you.