Today more than ever, as we look all around us--we see lifestyles that make us wonder. What is happening to the world we are living in? What we need to be asking though is this question? ARE we in the Kingdom of God? Forget what others are doing---look what is happening in your life.
Just because we are baptized and faithful regular church goers----does not necessarily mean we are in the Kingdom of God. How do you know if you are?
Simply put, how deep are you into the ocean or pool if you are going swimming. Toe or ankle deep? Knee deep? Just sitting in the water as waves lap around you? Or, are you totally immersed, completely experiencing the touch of the cool water and seeing the wonders beneath if you are in the ocean? In other words, how evident is God in your life and how deep are you into your relationship with Him?
Here is a check list and one way to know if you are in the Kingdom of God.
How much of your time finds you into the kingdom of the world? We are told we cannot serve two masters. So check how much time is spent on the screen, in sports, juggling the balls of living and trying to survive on YOUR OWN.
How much of your thoughts are anxious, worried, angry because your 'world or possessions' are not under your perfect control? Life is not what you hope for, long for, and so you are sad and stressed.
These are good indicators of where you are living, your emotions and physical life. Are they making your life a burden to bear, a struggle to stay afloat? Heavy and sad, weak and worn--this is the end result of stress and living in the world and serving two masters.
Next ask yourself this question. "Do I want to be in the Kingdom of God? Do I desire this place so much so, that I am willing to do 'whatsoever He tells me,' that my life is changed?
When we seek the Lord with all our hearts, when we hear His words and obey them, when we Trust in God more than we do our own abilities---then we see the change of address we long for. We experience the PEACE of MIND we long for and most importantly: WE ARE AWARE OF THE PRESENCE AND POWER OF GOD in OUR LIFE.
To LOVE God means to TRUST God. To Trust God means to do as He tells you to, knowing HE WILL keep His promises. To Know God means to give unto Him control over your life and invite Him into living within--as you LIVE In His Kingdom.
Which direction is your heart going to take you today? What steps will you make to start the walk, and what path will you go on. Where do you want to be? What type of life do you want to live?
Entering into the room through a locked door---His words--"Peace be with you and receive the Holy Spirit," are the keys that allow you to enter into His Kingdom. However, we can only take possession of these Keys if we reach out and take them. Today is the day, now is the time. It truly is a do or die time in our world, and you know it! Where do you want to be, now and forever?