Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:5-7 To get wisdom and understanding we first need the leading of the Holy Spirit. We also should understand ourselves and our history.
Psychologists say there are three basic needs in all human beings: The need to belong; the need for significance; and the need for reasonable security. They say that approximately ninety-five percent of delinquencies among youth come out of broken homes, lacking a strong foundation. By the way, I was one of them. When the security of a home is broken up, the youth feels that he or she doesn't belong, so they turn to the streets or gangs and become delinquent. A delinquent youth is defined as one who does not conform to the legal or moral standards of society; it usually applies only to acts that, if performed by an adult, would be termed criminal. There is a Chinese proverb which says, "In a broken nest there is no whole egg".
I study many different cultures through online videos. What I have learned is that a rogue elephant is a lot like a delinquent. The rogue elephant in Burma or India are elephants who have been put out of the herd by younger males. They then turn rogue, tearing up huts, gardens, villages and anything in their path. Why? Because they don't belong and have no boundaries.
Please note, the central and acute sickness of this age is that people feel they just don't belong--they don't belong to anything of significance. We must belong to something that gives us a sense of belonging and a sense of significance and eternal security, now and forever. The Lord God promised us eternal life if we only believe in His Son. For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 The Lord Jesus came here to bring a Kingdom government, not a religion called Christianity. Why doesn't the church teach the Kingdom of God as our government, as it is in heaven? The church lost it. They lost the understanding of the government of heaven and created a religion around our Lord Jesus. Let's look at the role of tragedies in history and the loss of the Kingdom.
Take Israel, when it was said to them: 'The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.’ I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit. Matthew 21:42-43 That refusal on the part of Israel began the long tragedy of a frustrated nation.
Take the Crusades. Men of violence tried to advance the Kingdom by force and succeeded in laying the foundations of hate and conflict for centuries to come. Marco Polo brought an invitation from Kublai Khan to the Pope, imploring him to send a hundred teachers of science and religion to reinforce the Christianity already present in his vast empire. Marco Polo, hastened back to the Pope with this invitation, but it was two years before they sent only two teachers with this message, "Become politically attached to Rome". They didn't teach them about the Kingdom of God which is available to all who will receive this message. Instead, they offered a political and ecclesiastical attachment to Rome. Of course, Kublai Khan turned it down and accepted Islam; spreading blood, fire and a hateful faith throughout Asia and Europe. Another missed opportunity for the church to spread the Kingdom.
When Russia was in the throes of a revolution, instead of the church offering the Kingdom of God, a church council was debating the question of whether garments of a certain color should be used in a certain church service. Distractions for the true calling of the church! Again the church chose religious traditions and trivialities over spreading the Kingdom of God to a nation in crisis. Remember what our King Jesus stated in Luke 12:22-32: Then, turning to His disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need.
“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom."
Nations rise against nations, kingdoms fall and governments change. Especially in those times of chaos and upheaval, the gospel of the Kingdom of God needs to be shared with all those who will listen and receive. For it is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God that gives that stability and security, no matter what is going on in earthly kingdoms and governments. Being a citizen of the Kingdom of God fulfills the need to belong, the need for significance and the need for security. They are all found in our relationship with King Jesus, our Lord and Savior. The battles for "race" superiority, culture clashes and denominational conflicts are all nothing more than distractions that cause us to miss seeing the Kingdom of God.
Yes, we missed it. We missed it because we have allowed trivial thing to grab our attention and prevent us from seeing the Kingdom of God as our heavenly government operating in us in this fallen world. It is time for Kingdom citizens to sharpen their focus and lock in on God's Kingdom. Then spread it throughout your community. They need us to keep focused! There is no chaos in the Kingdom of God.
Remember, your greatest asset is your faith in the King.
D. Arlene Luchie
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