In a James Bond movie from the 1990’s, one of the girls who was romantic with Bond has now turned against him.
Woman: “I could have given you the world.”
James Bond: “The world is not enough.”
Although Bond’s allegiance is to England (country) and his employer (as a secret agent), this seems like it could apply to how many of us feel throughout the day…..
The world is NOT ENOUGH.
The world is NOT ENOUGH! (there, I said it not once, but twice!)
Many of us ponder if there is more to life. We sloth along through our days and fear the next task we have to complete. Americans are working more hours (per week) now than we ever have. The debt load per household is insane. Most Americans (if they are honest) feel overwhelmed either at home or work or both.
Yes, there are some solutions for these issues. Pay off your debts. Live simple. Plant a tree. Etc. But the resolve that we so deeply long for will not be found in our actions. It will not be found in another self-help book, podcast, or making sure we have perfect church attendance. The resolve that we long for will not be found in serving others until we pass out. Finding solace in food or drink will not take care of this desire.
We were made for more.
A C.S. Lewis quote sums up the longing that we often have throughout the day: “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
When God made this world, it was perfect. Adam and Eve messed up everything when they could not keep their paws off of each other when God just wanted them to hang out in the Garden of Eden. This broke God’s heart because Adam and Eve had a bond with God until they did whatever they wanted. Ever since that time in the Garden, men and women are still searching out for more. We know there was to be more because what we are seeing here on Earth is chaos.
The Kingdom of God is here. If you look at the Old and New Testaments, people in the Old Testament struggled with their view of God (and religion in general). The view they had of God was similar to that of how people viewed the Wizard in the Wizard of Oz. Everyone viewed God as this far away deity--something similar to a genie. In the New Testament, God became incarnate through Jesus. God lives in through Jesus, the disciples, and now us.
God’s Kingdom is here on Earth. We just have to acknowledge it. God’s Kingdom is different than Culture’s Kingdom. Culture’s Kingdom says we judge you by your income, your title at work, what church you attend, how pretty or skinny you are, and your popularity. Culture’s Kingdom sounds a lot like when we were in middle school and high school. If you walk all over people, then you are pretty high up in Culture’s Kingdom.
God’s Kingdom trumps what Culture’s Kingdom teaches people. God’s Kingdom says that the unlovable are loved, the weak can be made strong, the lost can be found, the poor can find hope, and social status is overrated. Bullies and bureaucrats have no place in God’s Kingdom. God loves them but they have no power because their power is of their own and not of the Kingdom. Tyrants here on Earth may think they control their little kingdoms and they do. But their power will not continue forever. In time, hearts and agendas are revealed and the truth comes out.
The Truth always wins. Maybe not today, or tomorrow….but the Truth always prevails and brings freedom.
Friends, what Kingdom do you wish to engage? The Kingdom of temporary peace (Culture’s Kingdom) or the Kingdom that brings peace on Earth and in death.