Living the Kingdom
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008
Living the kingdom is not only a visual experience but an
interactive encounter with the Word of God intertwined with
an intimate relationship with the Spirit. When we are born,
our natural eyes are awakened and we begin to come in contact
with the outside world. But the only way to activate our spiritual
eyes is to enter and experience the kingdom of God. HIS mirror
(God’s Word) will provide us with the keys to the kingdom.
There is no Kingdom entrance without responding personally
and spiritually into HIS mirror. For forty years, Moses led
the people of Israel through the dessert and unto the gates
of the Promised Land, but it was Joshua who had the experience
of not only seeing but entering the Kingdom.
The Word of God is meant to be lived and experienced daily
through The Spirit of God. His Kingdom is depicted in the
way we talk, walk and share who we are as children of the
Lord. Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council came
to Jesus at night and questioned him concerning His power
and authority. Instead of directly answering him, Jesus declared,
"I tell you the truth; no one can see the kingdom of
God unless he is born again.” Being born again goes beyond
the normal understanding of a religious experience. Nicodemus
did not have a logic explanation for what Jesus was talking
about. Living the Kingdom is a way of life that for many may
seem illogical, but its results are ever-lasting.
From the very beginning, Jesus wanted us to live a kingdom
life. He was misunderstood then, and even today people misconstrue
His vision. When Jesus defined the kingdom, he spoke about
living a life of peace, justice, joy and authority. He never
mentioned a kingdom in the clouds or up, up and away but always
wanted His disciples to live the kingdom now, tomorrow and
forever. It is much more than an escapist mentality. Living
the kingdom transcends time constraints and sends you into
a journey of eternal life.
After Jacob’s passing away, Joseph’s brothers sent messengers
to reclaim his forgiveness. They thought he would take revenge.
Joseph cried his heart out once more. They never understood
that his forgiveness was unconditional. Joseph’s journey through
life exemplified the kingdom life. Those that captured tortured
and physically murdered Jesus thought that His reign ended
with his death. They never realized that his sacrifice perpetuated
His Kingdom for eternity. Living the Kingdom is a fast-forward
Truth that will take us to live within the boundaries of His
Glory. Let us continue to foresee a kingdom life and our legacy
will be guaranteed forever.