On Sunday I was visiting my sister and attended her church. The sermon touched on this verse and two particular things have stuck with me since listening to it, so I wanted to share them with you in a simple and straightforward way.
The first is the word receiving. We are receiving the kingdom. We are not earning it, working for it, purchasing it, striving for it…we are receiving it. When we think about receiving, we think about someone giving something to us because they want to or because it is ours. We are not doing something in return. So many times in my life I have felt like I needed to earn the love of God. I felt that I had to work for it and that I was only entitled to it when I was deserving. But that is not the case. We are recipients of the kingdom because Jesus paid the price on the cross. The debt has already been paid. He earned it on our behalf. It is a gift. That idea alone brings peace to my heart.
The second thing that really stuck out to me about this verse is the idea of the kingdom being unshakeable. How many things in our lives can not be shaken? Marriages? Nope. Friendships? No. Jobs? Finances? Plans? No. No. and No. Everything on this earth can be shaken and moved and changed and even destroyed. But the kingdom is immovable. It is rock. It is solid and stable and never changing. I don’t know about you but if I am on uncertain or unsteady ground, I want to seek out the thing that can not be shaken. So in this case, we are standing on the shaking, moving, breakable earth and we should be seeking the solid, sturdy, anchored kingdom at all times.
When you are in moments of sadness or uncertainty or worry or when you feel like you don’t measure up or you are undeserving remember these two ideas. You are a recipient of the kingdom. And the kingdom will never crumble.