Friday, July 23, 2010

A Higher Kingdom

Hubble Telescope captures this image of God's creation
This afternoon, I was reminded in a powerful way that the kingdom of God is above all other kingdoms.  He does not align with a specific government, country, people group or religion...rather, He aligns Himself with those who follow Him.  Put simply, God is looking for those who are whole-heartedly following Him.  Check this out, in Joshua chapter 5;

13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"
 14 "Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord [a]have for his servant?"
 15 The commander of the LORD's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so.

Now let me put this in context.  At this point, God has already anointed Joshua the next leader of His people.  He's already promised him to lead him to victory, to raise up Joshua in the eyes of all Israel, to "never leave you or forsake you," - in fact, God commanded Joshua to "be strong and courageous...for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."  In other words, Joshua is definitely God's man, called out to be the leader of His people.

And yet, here is this called man of God, Joshua, meeting the commander of God's armies.  You'd think this commander would align himself with Joshua...I mean, that's what he's there for, right?  To lead the fight for Israel?  And yet when questioned who's "side" he was on, the commander's reply is simple - "neither."  He is on God's side.  If anyone should have asked the question, it should have been him questioning Joshua.

And therein lies the kicker for us...really, two-fold.

1) This passage is a stark reminder that God is not necessarily on anyone's "side" so much as His kingdom is entirely NOT of this world.  It is above every institution, government, country - every establishment set up by man.  God's kingdom is higher.  Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord is part of His kingdom (Romans 10:13, and Galatians 3:26-28).

2) This is where it gets personal.  The question Joshua asked could have been asked by the commander, and in turn, could be asked of us today - "who's side are you on?"  God's side?  Does my life prove it?

"Lord may you find in me a man who is whole-heartedly following my life, my actions, my thoughts, my words, in everything.  May those who see me, see You. - Amen."


Beef Blogonoff said...

Nice blog and application of biblical truth.

Unknown said...

i love it too.....