Your Kingdom Come – Luke 17:20-21 ESV

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

Luke 17:20-21 ESV

The Kingdom Within: A Devotional on Luke 17:20-21

Image of a serene landscape bathed in golden sunlight, symbolizing the inner peace and presence of God’s kingdom.

In Luke 17:20-21, Jesus confronts a crucial question: “When will the kingdom of God come?” His answer, however, is not what the Pharisees likely expected. He declares:

“The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

This verse challenges our outward-looking perception of God’s kingdom. We often envision a grand, earthly arrival, marked by visible signs and demonstrations of power. But Jesus reveals a deeper truth: the kingdom of God already exists, within each one of us.

Image of a person with their eyes closed, hands clasped in prayer, symbolizing introspection and seeking the kingdom within.

Think of the kingdom of God as a seed planted in our hearts. It’s not a fully grown tree, but a potential waiting to blossom. Through faith, prayer, and living out God’s teachings, we nurture this seed. As we do, the kingdom within begins to manifest in our lives.

Here are some ways we can cultivate the kingdom of God within:

  • Seek God first: Make prayer and Bible study a daily priority. Align your desires and actions with God’s will.
  • Love your neighbor: Practice compassion, forgiveness, and generosity towards others. Show God’s love through your actions.
  • Seek justice and peace: Stand up for the marginalized and oppressed. Work towards building a more just and equitable world.
  • Live with gratitude and contentment: Trust God’s provision and find joy in the simple things.

Remember, the kingdom of God is not about outward appearances, but about inward transformation. It’s about living with love, peace, and justice in our hearts, even in the midst of a challenging world.

Image of a group of diverse people holding hands, symbolizing unity and love within God’s kingdom.

This journey of cultivating the kingdom within is not always easy. There will be times of doubt, temptation, and hardship. But as we persevere, we experience the fruits of the kingdom: inner peace, strength, and a growing sense of purpose.

So, let us not wait for a distant, earthly kingdom. Let us seek the kingdom that is already present, within each one of us. Let us nurture it with faith, love, and action, and watch it blossom into a life that reflects the beauty and goodness of God’s reign.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, help us to open our hearts to the kingdom within. Guide us in nurturing it through prayer, love, and service to others. Grant us the strength and wisdom to live as your ambassadors, bringing your peace, justice, and love into the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

May this devotional inspire you to seek the kingdom of God within and experience the transformative power of His presence in your life. Remember, the journey to cultivating the kingdom starts with you, one step at a time.