Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

This morning while having coffee with my wife, she asked this simple yet profound question: "What would happen if we all would just start being exactly what God wanted us to be? What would happen if we would just start doing what we know we should be doing?"

"You know," I responded, "It's much closer than most of us think. It is 'at hand'."

'The kingdom of heaven is at hand!'" This proclamation was the message of John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, and the first disciples of Jesus. It was most often preceded by a call to repentance: "Repent... start thinking and acting differently... turn around... do a one-eighty... for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"

Sometimes we may feel like we are a million miles from where we need to be in our walk with the Lord, when in fact, if we would just make a slight turn, we would be right there. The kingdom of heaven is that close; it is "at hand."

Be encouraged. The distance between where you are right now in your walk with the Lord and where you should be is probably a lot shorter than you think. Just take one step in the right direction, and see what happens.