February 13, 2013

“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” John 18:36

It would be a little weird if I came over to your house and crawled into your bed to take a nap.

It would be a little weird if I came over and started to rearrange your furniture or repaint a few walls.

It would be a little weird if I put on some of your clothes, made myself a sandwich, and started to edit your family photos.

I do all that in my home. The reason it would be weird doing what is normal in my home in your home is because I don’t belong in your house.  It is not appropriate for me to treat another person’s belongings as my own.  There are laws that prevent me from doing that.  People take their personal possessions very serious.  They treat them like they’re personal.

Antonio Ciseri's depiction of Pontius Pilate p...Jesus never treated this world like it was His personal possession.  He was very clear that this world is not His kingdom.  If it had been His kingdom then He would have fought for it.  His servants did not fight for this world because this was not the world of Jesus’ possession.

This is a lesson that I have to continually re-learn.  I have a bad habit of fighting for this world.  I am perpetually making myself at home in this world like it is my personal possession and it is just weird.  It is never satisfying.

We have such a tendency to cling to the things of this world like they’re our entitlement.  We can become so passionate about this world’s stuff as if it is a matter of life or death.  We can become preoccupied with the thought that our happiness is connected to what this world has to offer.

It is an attitude that is just weird for an heir of a different kingdom.

Our kingdom is with Christ.  It is a kingdom that surpasses this world in ways that we cannot even imagine.  It doesn’t make sense for us to spend extensive amounts of time preoccupied with the things of this world.  It doesn’t make sense for us to live like this is all there is when we have a far better kingdom awaiting us. It doesn’t make any sense to fight for this world.

This world has nothing to offer to an heir of God’s kingdom.

We are merely ambassadors of our King in this world.  We are here to serve Him.  Let’s stop trying to make ourselves a home in this world; it is just weird.

PRAYER: Lord, forgive me for desiring the things of this world like this is all there is.  Forgive me for living like this is all that I am called to.  Forgive me for caring for this world more than I care about your kingdom.  Father, open my eyes to the reality of the kingdom that you have made me an heir to.  Father, please continue to cleanse me of all that binds me to the world.  You are so much better than anything this world has to offer.  I long for the day when I can be with you in your kingdom.     Amen


  1. Reblogged this on Read it-Love it-Live it and commented:
    I love this passage and the great message it conveys. Although it can be hard to comprehend and we might struggle to be less possesive, its a brilliant lesson to be leared and re-learned. I hope it speaks to you as much as it spoke to me.

    • Thank you for the reblog.

  2. Thank you for the great visual of making ourselves too-much-at-home in someone else’s house. I pray God brings it to mind when the things of this world start to pull me away from what really matters–God’s eternal kingdom.

  3. Good illustration. Thank you for this devotional

  4. Right on — and more provocatively put than I’ve heard recently. 2 Tim 2:4 — No one in military service gets entangled in matters of everyday life; otherwise he will not please the one who recruited him. The application would seem to be that we are soldiers in the Kingdom, and the world is another entity; we shouldn’t attempt to serve two masters.

  5. Thanks for the reminder! I’m so tempted to pour a footer & establish a permanent foundation when God calls us to simply put done tent pegs

  6. Good points, thanks.

  7. There is nothing here on earth that I can’t easily leave behind, except those I love. I will fight to be sure they go with me to my kingdom in Heaven. All else, I gladly leave behind. BTW, I love everyone.

  8. This is a great reminder. It makes me think of a few songs with the same theme- “Strangers Here” by Tenth Ave North and “Where I Belong” by Building 429. Thanks for a good word.

  9. Thanks for the thought today JD. This perspective is good to help with ones contentment. If we are willing to accept that we belong somewhere else, we won’t be so dissapointed with the conditions of this world. Appreciate your thoughts man.

  10. Thank you for this reminder. We are not of this world.

  11. We must learn and re-learn to let go of our tight grasp on the things of this world. It’s so freeing to let go of things that will not last. Makes you wonder why the stuff mattered so much once.

  12. How true it is. Unfortunately we are only human like the rest of the world. We have to be strong to stand up for our beliefs and with God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.


  14. There is so much truth here! I need this as a daily reminder as well. Thanks for being that for me today.

  15. I identify with this. I, too get derailed by the devil’s distractions. They seem legitimate, but do not mesh eith the great commision, they are nrgative energy drains from it. good job, jd.

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