– John Calvin
Devotional:3 Ways We Make The Invisible Kingdom Visible
There is such mystery about God and the coming kingdom of heaven. It might be invisible to the naked eye but we can make it visible here on earth.
Seeking First the Kingdom
If we work, pray, think, and proclaim the kingdom and the King of that kingdom to others, we can make the invisible a reality to those around us. Jesus said “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matt 6:33a) and if we seek Him first then He promises that “all these things will be added to you” (Matt 6:33b). What are “all these things?” They are what “we eat…what we drink” and “what we wear” (Matt 6:31). To seek the kingdom first is to seek the King of that kingdom first then you have no need to “be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on” (Matt 6:25). If people see we trust God Who we cannot see, they might believe in the God that they see in us.
Being Christ in the World
Jesus touched lives everywhere He went but so can we. He says “when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt 6:3-4). In this way you can “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt 6:20) and then Jesus can say to you someday “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40). Now doing to the “least of these” is doing it to Christ and those “least” in this world will see Christ in us today, thereby making the invisible kingdom visible to them.
Praying for the Lost
Charles Spurgeon must have been one of the most compassionate men of all time because he focused on praying for the lost and striving with all his might to save those who will perish without Christ. Listen to his comment here, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” Notice the end of this phrase…“let no one go unwarned and unprayed for.” He believed in prayer. Many a godly mother have prayed for the salvation of their children only to be heard many years later…some men I know who were in prison have told me that they believe they were saved because their mother never stopped praying for them. Let us do the same for those who are lost and make the invisible kingdom visible to those Whom the Holy Spirit reveals Who Christ is.
We see today only through a glass darkly but someday we will see the invisible kingdom in all its marvelous glory. In the meantime, we can strive to make this invisible kingdom visible through our trust in Christ, through our helping the “least” in this world, and praying fervently that lost souls would be saved. Only then can they who are blind see the glory that is in Christ and be found in the kingdom someday through King of kings and the Lord of lords.