How well do we know the qualifications of being a citizen in our country? Do we know the stories of our country’s history and that
of our founding fathers? Likewise, do we know what is necessary for those of us desiring to be citizens of God’s government, the Kingdom of God in today’s world? Human governments require that its citizens learn and obey the laws of the land. This is also necessary for us who feel drawn, to come to know in a real and personal way, what it means to be included in God’s government, which is taking place at this present time.
Sometimes we do not take the time to think about God’s on-going Kingdom in the here and now. There are so many other earthly realities are clamoring for our attention. In our attention deficit shortcomings, coupled with our hyperactive activities, we get so easily distracted away from matters of our faith, the Bible, and all of God’s never ending promises.
Political campaigns capture our attention, especially if their messages affect our pocketbooks, or causes close to our heart. But among these causes, for those of us with faith, we need to place the care of our souls in the most prominent place in our hearts and minds, if we are to be good citizen’s in God’s government. We not only live as citizens of our countries, we live citizens in God’s Kingdom, which will never end. This is important because in the end, God’s Kingdom conquers all other earthly governments.
Have we ever thought of this, in this way? The Bible gives good advice to follow.
John 15:10 says, “If you observe my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have observed the commandments of the Father and remain in his love.”
1 John 5:3,4 says, “ For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome, because everyone who has been born from God conquers the world. And this is the conquest that has conquered the world, our faith.”
This world we are conquering is not conquered by guns, war and bloodshed. Notice what is necessary: loving God with our whole hearts, and obeying the laws of God’s land. This “conquering the world” really means that we conquer our pride, and our own worldly agendas. We are conquering temptations, addictions, self defeating habits and attitudes, and everything which seeks to draw us away from growing closer to God. It is our faith that we must fortify, not our guns.
While worldly laws can be flawed, “the law of God is perfect,” says Psalm 19:7. Loving kindness and peace that knows no bounds is the result of knowing and following God’s laws, which is like the boundary of the lake. If the boundary was not there, the lake would become a marsh, or dry up altogether. This is what our lives can transform into when we ignore God’s 10 Commandments.
This is a very personal thing. I can write about it. You can read books about it. But this business about becoming a better citizen in the Kingdom of God here and now only happens when we turn our hearts and minds to the things of God, more than to the things of the world. It is our own personal study. It is our own personal faith. No one can do this for us.
A good online article for more research, is to check out the 8/15/12 issue of The Watchtower at jw.org.