[Kidwelly Castle, Carmarthen, Wales]
I chose the name “Life in the Kingdom” for this site, because it captures my purpose. The kingdom of God has always been an intriguing topic to me. In its essence it involves the rule or reign of God. It has reference to the dignity and power of the King. Jesus came and took the familiar concept and announced its coming during his ministry (Mat. 4:17, 23, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 4:43). Chiefly, the kingdom is God’s. Our purpose is to “seek the kingdom of God” (Luke 12:31), or as Matthew recorded, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Mat. 6:33). God’s realm of reigning, though He is the God over all creation, is our hearts and minds. Our purpose as Christians is to submit to His lordship. The church may be defined as those who have come under the reign of God and accepted His rule in their lives. The church is the present physical manifestation of the kingdom of God. The kingdom is tied to redemption (Luke 21:28, 31), righteousness (Mat. 6:33), salvation (Mat. 21:9, John 12:15, Rev. 12:10) and forgiveness of sins (Col. 1:13-14, Mat. 18:23-35). The kingdom is active and present whenever Jesus is present.
To me the concept of the kingdom is bigger and larger than the concept of the church. It is personal and direct, because it involves personal submission to Christ as king in my heart. The theme captures the struggle, myself, and every Christian faces each day of “my will versus Thy will.”
Thus, I titled my blog and this site “Life in the Kingdom” because everything that is written here will hopefully have to do with living our life in submission to HIs Will. It will be about the breaking forth and expansion of the Kingdom of Christ. it is about life lived within the kingdom. There will be articles on the church, family life, parenting, ministry, mission, technology, Bible study and much more. My aim is for me to submit more each day to the rule of God in my heart, while encouraging others to do the same. This task is grand and involves many different areas.
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