ROMANS ROAD DEVOTIONAL | Day 29 - What is the Kingdom of God?
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.
A “kingdom” is a domain ruled by kings and leaders. For example the United States is a kingdom. Nigeria is a kingdom. England is a kingdom. Nations have presidents, kings and queens. These same nations have laws and customs that define their culture. All of us live within an earthly kingdom (nation) and live the experience and culture of our nations.
We can think of God’s kingdom in a similar way but on another level. Paul contrasted God’s kingdom to a worldly kingdom, that involves eating, drinking, and many other physical and social activities.
Paul used that example to highlight the unique qualities of our “citizenship” in God’s kingdom that include: righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. He goes on to say that when believers live according to God’s kingdom, they experience benefits in the present world, which include favor and blessing from God.
In this manner of thinking, “dual citizenship” has many benefits!
Reflection Question: What makes you acceptable to God and approved by people?
Key insight I gained today:
Today’s action item based on insight:
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