The Upside Down Kingdom

24th October

Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.”

1 Corinthians 1:27-28

God’s Kingdom is an upside Kingdom. Things don’t always look the way you would expect, or reason with your logical mind. As a self-sufficient or independent people, we always try to gain knowledge and understanding for ourselves, often depicted in stubborn men, who tirelessly and painfully chose to try to build an Ikea item, without reading the instructions or people who try to solve problems they know nothing about and end up in an even bigger mess. We, as humans, always want to be in control. It feels us with insecurity to think that we don’t know it all. Often in the Western world, even if we don’t know something, we usually ‘blag’ it or pretend that we are an expert to keep face, and to keep us from looking like fools. Yet the Kingdom of God works differently. It is when we admit that we don’t know everything, and that we can’t gain salvation for ourselves, that we truly find our peace in the truth, that God is our security, salvation is a gift and we cannot earn it.

God’s upside down Kingdom, reveals His truths, not to those who think they are wise, but to the meek and humble, who admit they don’t know, but trust. God uses the weak to lead the strong, the blind to lead those who see and the poor to feed the rich. This is not to say that we should go out of our way to make ourselves un-educated, poor or even blind. Rather it is to say, that in order to fully grasp and understand the Kingdom of God, we need to stop pretending we know it all or that we have it all sorted. We need to get back to basics, realise we need God, realise we need His ‘Kingdom Instructions’ to build His Kingdom and realise we need Him to lead us, not the other way around. Our challenge is to completely humble ourselves and admit that we need Jesus in every part of our lives. It is then, that we naturally and progressively become a beacon of His light, leading the ‘wise’, ‘rich’, and ‘strong’ to the knowledge of He is.

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