“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29
I’m still stuck on Disney Land, and the ‘Magical Kingdom.’ I’m stuck on the comparison between the unshakeable, invisible kingdom that we have our eyes fixed on and the kingdoms that people try to build here on this earth. In Hebrews 11 the writer talked about Abraham and all the others living as aliens and strangers because “they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one,” vs. 16.
As believers of Jesus and members of His kingdom, our desire is for a far off country. We can see the invisible kingdom with our spiritual eyes in flashes and glimpses. The secular humanists try to convince us that earth is our home and there is nothing more. They believe that earth can be made into Heaven, which stomps on my longing for that far off country that I am designed for. I am really not designed for this earth. Here I am an exile and stranger and I wander about awkwardly. Quite awkwardly at times.
People who don’t know that there’s another kingdom beyond this one store up their treasures for the here and now and they believe the beer commercial from a previous decade of a beach sitting beer drinker: “It doesn’t get any better than this.” They have to fight aging and death and redefine Heaven and Hell because they can’t face what the Bible really says about an eternity for those who reject Jesus.
So the good news is that those who know Jesus and follow Him have a true magical kingdom to look forward to. We get to drink from the spring of the water of life without payment. And here there will be no more tears, death, crying or pain, as Revelation 21 promises. The old order of things will have passed away. We will have no need of light or the sun and moon, for the glory of God will be our light.
In the meantime, we will offer to God acceptable worship with trembling and awe. We acknowledge that we are aliens and strangers and that we desire a better kingdom, a heavenly one. A magical and unshakeable one.