Speaker: Jerry Cisar
Jesus came proclaiming that the Kingdom of God was near, which is the gospel of the Kingdom that we also are to proclaim. If one looks at the promises in the OT you might make the same conclusions about life in the Kingdom of God which Sigurd Grindheim accurately described in his book, Living in the Kingdom of God: A Biblical Theology for the Life of the Church.
“Where God is king, there are no evil powers. I often dream of such a society, a society without evil, a society ruled by God. I imagine what the world would be like if everyone did good all the time, if every individual always did what God wants us to do, if everyone obeyed the golden rule: ‘Do to other what you would have them do to you.’ (Matt 7:12).
“First of all, many people would be out of work. Take locksmiths, for example. You would never again need to lock your door. No one would ever steal anything, and people would come to visit only when you really wanted to see them….
“If you think that no one who lived in such a world would ever want to work, since they could have everything for free, you would be mistaken. People would work harder than ever, not out of a desire to acquire more wealth for themselves but in order to give everything away to those in need….
“If all people always did the will of God, the world would be a happy place. If God would rule as king and everyone would do as he says, our planet would be a paradise.”
Don’t miss in these descriptions that the way money and possessions are viewed and used in the kingdom of Christ is radically different than how the world teaches us to view money and possessions.