What is the Kingdom of God?
What does it look like? How is it manifested?
I don’t think it’s something that can really be imagined. I think that, in order to see it, it must be lived out.
The beautiful thing about the kingdom of heaven is how it its stark contrast to every aspect of flawed humanity. I have heard it referred to in the past as the “upside-down” kingdom, because it values things that our culture despises, such as righteousness, poorness of Spirit, and self-sacrifice. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3, 10)
People with these characteristics inherit the kingdom of heaven because they don’t live for themselves, they live for a higher order, a heavenly calling. They have overcome selfishness with exemplory selflessness and seek to glorify their Creator in everything they do. And, in doing this, in living in the unbounded now with the prospect of eternity, their hearts become protected by the order of heaven. They no longer are corrupted by the twisted views of the world, but they are eternally rewarded for the acts of their faith.
This is the life that I desire to live: living each moment purposefully, knowing that I am living for a cause greater than myself, for a God who loves me and the rest of the world unconditionally. I want to be continuously putting my faith into action.
That is a purpose driven, purpose filled life.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21