In some ways age is not a great thing. Heading toward 77 in this year of 2021, it is a daily battle to keep physically functioning at a top level. Right. I lost that battle some years ago. But I keep trying to live as normal as possible. There are a few things that seem to be increasing as other are decreasing.
I am recurring statement from my wife is, “What’s that right there?”
I “misplace” things quite regularly. After looking for it until I lose hope of finding it, I will ask my wife if she has seen it. She will casually point to something on a table or desk in plain sight, and say, “What’s that right there?” I have always done that to a degree, but now it seems I am more careless because it happens much more often.
In God’s realm there are things hidden in plain sight, important things, critical things, in fact fatal things. There is one thing that no one can show you where it is and very few people are looking for it. Of those who look for it may seem impossible to find, even though it is in plain sight and no matter where they are.
In Jesus day there were two main groups, sects, or parties within the Jewish community. The Pharisees were sticklers for the letter of the law and the Sadducees were more socially oriented. The Pharisees were marked by rigid realism, and the Sadducees were aristocratic. Sound familiar?
The Pharisees were not impressed with Jesus. They thought he was too free with the law and often were critical of some of Jesus’ actions. Since Jesus was freely teaching in Jerusalem and thereabout, the Pharisees confronted Him and demanded He tell them when the Kingdom of God should come. Possibly they believed the kingdom would be a physical one there in Jerusalem and Israel and obviously that time had not come.
“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.’” – Lk 24:20-21
They were looking for something hidden in plain sight!
Being the law experts and living by strict observation of those laws, they failed to see the spiritual truth behind the laws. God gave them laws because they were unable to understand the spiritual. Paul the Apostle described the law as babies’ milk to prepare them for meat. He describes it as education as to how God wants us to live and to convict us of sin so we are ready to live life in the spirit of Christ and the Holy Spirit.
You see, the reason why I sometimes have a hard time finding something is because I am looking for the red one that is in my mind when it is not red at all, it is black. Ever done that?
You can not find something when you do not know what you are looking for.
Jesus said the Kingdom of God is here. It is within you. And that is true. It is within you and me now this moment.
Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” – Jn 10:9 KJV
The key to that door is faith.
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
The Kingdom of God is here. It is inside you. It always has been. But if you do not recognize it and live with it and by it, it is of no value to you. It remains hidden from you.
Seek and you will find.