This scripture has continued to be on my mind. Having that be a focus of my thoughts, I was recently led to think specifically about what “The Kingdom” is.
A “kingdom” can have several meanings. The meaning that is the most poignant and relevant to this discussion indicates that a kingdom is comprised of the inhabitants thereof. A king may have a castle, walls and weapons of protection, and even endless amounts of land. Yet what meaning does a king or a kingdom have except there be people who live in, work on, and enjoy the land and the protection of that king and those walls and those weapons.
God is our King. The earth is His land. We are His people.
I submit, that we are the Kingdom of God. We, the people, the brothers and sisters of a mutual Heavenly Father. We, all of us, are that Kingdom of which we have been commanded to seek first.
With that bit of perspective in mind, it gives a bit more, and perhaps different, meaning to the verse, “seek ye first the Kingdom of God”.
I interpret that to be yet another form of the same message that our God has given us over and over again.
“As I have loved you … love one another.” (John 13:34)
The greatest commandment, second only to love of God, is
“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39)
In other words, we need to be looking at each other as siblings. We need to be focused more on doing things for each other. We need to be doing things for each other out of love and concern for one another, not for money or power. If we are truly seeking first to serve and love each other, all the riches and blessings of the universe will flow unto us as a natural consequence of our actions.
This building, this city, this state, this nation, this continent, this world, this universe is nothing without us. WE are the most important things in this universe. God made this universe for US, not us for it. We need to treat each other as the most precious and important possessions in the universe. We need to cherish, love, and look after each other.
For we are, the Kingdom.