I hope you have discovered a lot about His kingdom. I hope you have found that you’ve worried less about getting food on the table and other daily worries while seeking His kingdom instead. I know that any epiphanies you’ve had, any comfort you’ve found, any changes you’ve made, come from the power of His word, and not from my little comments. Still, it’s been nice to search with a friend. Thank you!
As we finish our reading of all the “kingdom” verses, I ask you to continue to seek His kingdom by seeking its king. I leave you with (the resurrected) Jesus’s last moments with his followers. Do you think he was talking to them only or that he knew Luke would record it, and that we would read it, and that it’s meant for us, too? Acts 1:1-11 starts with Luke’s words:
The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs,appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them; and they also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.