November 29, 2016

The Unshakable Kingdom

Hebrews 12:18-29

Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.

—  Hebrews 12:28

We have some elderly radio listeners in western Ukraine who have managed to live in four countries without ever moving from their hometown. You see, their land was taken over many times by different nations through conquests or geopolitical developments. Each takeover brought big changes. For example, all history teachers had to learn a new language and a new history whenever their country was taken over by a new power.

But the kingdom of God is completely different. The reign of the Lord is eternal. It cannot be taken over by outside powers. At every moment God remains in full control over it. From the Bible we know that “the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire” (2 Peter 3:7). Whatever we see around us is not going to last forever. Yet the reign of God can never be shaken.

In Jesus Christ we become the citizens of this most powerful kingdom ever. Regardless of our external circumstances, the Lord always reigns, and his loving reign extends to ­every corner of the visible world and every part of our lives. His kingdom reflects God’s eternal nature and unlimited power.

Earthly countries and empires will rise and fall, but we will always be secure under the reign of our Lord. That’s why we are called to worship him “with ­reverence and awe.”

Father, in awe and humility we bow before you. Thank you for making us the people of your eternal kingdom. In Jesus, Amen.

About the author — Sergei Sosedkin

Sergei Sosedkin is the Russian-language ministry leader for ReFrame Ministries. He is a native of Moscow, Russia. As he oversees the Russian-language ministry, Sosedkin works from our office in Grand Rapids and in various locations in Russia.

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