Peter Ukwa Foundation

The Kingdom Of God Explained

09 AUGUST 2023

Our lord Jesus Christ declared in Matthew 6:33(KJV), “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Like the Pharisees, a lot of people in today’s world, believers and unbelievers inclusive want to know exactly what the kingdom of God really implies, or when it will come. Is it something in the realm of the spirit which can only be accessible after death? No! This is what Jesus Christ our lord said about the kingdom of God, not in a parable but in a plain implied meaning to the Pharisees. “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘there it is’, because the kingdom of God is in your midst,”(Luke 17:20b – 21, NIV).

Now that we are aware of the presence of the kingdom God in our midst, it is also good to know that not all of us are part of it, and that is why He advised us in the statement above to “seek it.” Many of us are believers, we go to church often, pay tithe, and give offering and other obligations to the best of our knowledge, however we, often omit something vital to the kingdom of God. A man in the bible, in that book of Matthew 19:18-19, who desired to enter into the kingdom of God confronted Jesus with the enquiry of ‘what good thing he may do that he may have eternal life.’

In response Jesus listed the commandment for him in this way: “…thou shall not murder, thou shall not commit adultery, thou shall not steal, thou shall not bear false witness, honour thy father and thy mother, and thou shall love thy neighbour as thy self”. But when Jesus understood that he had been a keeper of those commandments right from his youth, and Jesus loved Him for that but the young man lacked one thing: giving.

Jesus therefore declared to him, one thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and take up your cross and follow me. (Mark 10:21). The bible says that this man went away angry, because he had great possessions. This is the same man that claimed he had kept all the Lord’s commandments from his youth including ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ He only loved with mouth, but how can you love someone without giving to him? Remember that there is no love that does not express itself in giving.

This is what Jesus Christ said concerning those that want to enter the kingdom of God but do not like giving, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, `than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:25).

Children of God, after you have kept all the commandments you know you should keep, look around you, someone is in need. Start giving today. Let love lead. Jesus said that a man of love is close to the kingdom of God. (Mark 12:34). Start giving today.