“The word of the kingdom.”
The Kingdom of God is at hand. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done. The kingdom of God is within you. The kingdom of God has come to you.
So spake the Son of God. And He tells us: You will bear fruit if you receive the word of the kingdom and understand it.
Understand it. Okay. Sure. No problem. 2 + 2 = 4, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Easy.
Well, no. If understanding the word of the kingdom means grasping the whole business fully. “Yeah, I’ve got this. The kingdom of God looks just like…umm…ahhh…”
But: Yes, it is easy, if “understanding the word of the kingdom” means:
God speaks. He says His kingdom comes. He speaks true and wills nothing but the best. His kingdom must be awesome and glorious, more so than my meager powers can imagine. He’s asking me to believe in it. I would be a fool not to, because this is God we’re talking about.
I understand that the kingdom in question belongs to God. Not to Robert Griffin III or Mariah Carey or David Cameron.
Therefore, I clearly have no business thinking that I can altogether understand the kingdom of God right now. I could understand the Kingdom of Elton John, and it would not do too much for me. But the kingdom of God? I understand perfectly well that I cannot understand it.
I think that is precisely the kind of non-understanding understanding that the Lord wants.
…PS. Long-time, faithful readers will recall that this ridiculous little weblog began life as a venue for me to jump up and down (verbally) after Team USA won the basketball gold in Beijing.
Four years later: Let’s get fired up again, people!