Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews.” John 18:36.
Jesus’ ‘My kingdom is not of this world’ statement can give the impression ‘My kingdom has nothing to do with this world. My kingdom is other-worldly. It belongs to a completely different world to this one and the two don’t overlap.’ This is not what Jesus wanted to convey. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
Another Bible version (NASB) has in the margin ‘My kingdom is not derived from this world.’ Jesus’ kingdom does impact this world. Remember He told us to pray ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matthew 6:10).
If the kingdom of God has nothing to do with this world then we should either live like the rest of the world (and ignore God) or separate ourselves from this world in a monastic sense (to try to find Him). But the Bible doesn’t tell us to do either.
Jesus was saying His kingdom’s origins are not human. His Kingdom’s origins are in God and not in man. Making Jesus your King and living under His kingship impacts every part of your life on earth. Living the way God wants you to live challenges what you think, feel, do and say. It challenges every action and every reaction.
Jesus’ kingdom invades our old way of life. It challenges us to give up the way we’ve lived and let Him take over. Every day. and in every way God challenges us to give in, give up and let Him rule. Do it!
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