We continue our weekly devotional time on Praise Thursday with more about ‘Build Your Kingdom Here.’
The phrase itself sometimes leaves us with these questions: If we’re asking God to Build His Kingdom, how does it become visible? How do we know it’s here? How was it visible when Jesus spoke to the Pharisees in Luke 17? Wasn’t that what they were asking? How can we borrow from that passage now?
Biblical scholars have been studying the Gospels for centuries and there are two basic translations of the last part of verse 21: ‘The Kingdom of God is in your midst (or among you)’ and ‘The Kingdom of God is within you.’ The difference is that in biblical times, Jesus was basically saying that the Kingdom was standing in front of the scholars. He was the representation of the Kingdom!
So what about this concept of the Kingdom starting in our hearts? Well, if as Christians we are to imitate Christ (Ephesians 5:1) then the Kingdom must start in our hearts. We must take on the HEART of Christ. The scriptures also remind us that the Kingdom of God should be on our minds. Matthew 6: 9-13 is the Lord’s Prayer – it tells us we should pray for the Kingdom to come. Matthew 6:33 says we should seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. So, we should seek to let Christ-like characteristics reign in our heart, which then translates to our mind and hands, and finally becomes a habit.
Today’s word of the day is HIBERNIAN – which means quite simply, Irish. Hibernia is the Latin name for Ireland.
Today’s ‘leftover’ trivia question from Wednesday’s show was: Vinegar is a liquid consisting of acetic acid, water and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of WHAT LIQUID?
The answer is ETHANOL! Congratulations to Dan from Howard (who is a chemist) who correctly answered our question and wins a $5 gift card from Troyer’s of Apple Valley.
Thanks for listening and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!