Scripture: Luke 17:20-21 (NIV)
20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
We live in a culture that is constantly chasing the American Dream. There is always more or better or different. It’s funny how that same mentality can seep into our faith. When we think about God and the Kingdom, we’re always on the hunt for where it is and how it could be better. We’ve been culturally conditioned to be dissatisfied. We seem to be looking for more. The problem is, when we keep looking for more, we often miss what is right in front of us. Jesus challenges us to stop looking elsewhere because the Kingdom of God is in our midst. It’s right in front of us.
- If the Kingdom of God is in our midst, can you see it? How can you lean into God’s presence this week?
- What dissatisfaction or discontentment is driving you to look elsewhere for purpose or meaning outside of God?
- How can you thank God for what is already in your midst?
Soul Care Practice
Become aware of God’s loving presence and imagine Jesus saying these words to you: “The Kingdom of God is in your midst…” Talk with Jesus about any thoughts, reflections, challenges, and emotions that come up within you. How can you embody these words and follow Christ in your home, neighborhood, and workplace?
Read Jesus’ words again slowly: “The Kingdom of God is in your midst…” How did these words shape and guide you today? Pray your thoughts, desires, needs, struggles, and joys from today. As you go to bed, rest in God’s presence.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Written by Lisette Fraser, Lead Family Pastor