Key Verse: Verse 14,15,23-25 - “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
Key Words: Kingdom of God
As you read the Bible, you read about two primary kingdoms: the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom of Heaven is heaven itself, the dwelling place of God. On the other hand, the Kingdom of God is all that belongs to God, both in heaven and earth.
That would include all born-again believers. Those who are saved belong to God; they are a part of His kingdom.
John Hess Yoder, missionary to Laos, tells the following. “I discovered an illustration of the Kingdom of God while serving in Laos. Before the Colonialists imposed national boundaries, the kings of Laos and Viet Nam reached an agreement on taxation in the areas. Those who ate short-grain rice, built their houses on stilts, and decorated them with Indian-style serpents were considered Laotian. On the other hand, those who ate long-grain rice, built their houses on the ground, and decorated them with Chinese-style dragons were considered Vietnamese. The exact location of a person’s home was not what determined his nationality. Instead each person belonged to the kingdom whose cultures and values he or she exhibited.”
So it is with us – we live in the world, but we are to identify with God’s Kingdom, not this world’s kingdom.
What to do:
✞ Live by God’s standard, not the world’s.