Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind – Luke 10:27
The God of all creation, who is the King of the Universe has a Kingdom of His own. He invites us to be a part of His Kingdom and experience the Kingdom benefits. He has called us into an Inheritance in Christ. Above all, He desires for us to have a personal relationship with Him.
Even though, we have a huge inheritance in Christ and unlimited Kingdom benefits, when we approach the Kingdom of God with more emphasis on the Kingdom benefits than the King Himself we miss the mark. The Kingdom is not about what we can benefit from it. It is about who the King is and what He has done to redeem us. The benefits of the Kingdom including healing, prosperous life etc. is a by-product of knowing the King, it is not what we build our life around. We build it around the King. It is very possible to have a relationship with the Kingdom Benefits rather than the King and we need to stay away from that.
The benefits of the Kingdom are very integrated with the King. He is so good that He wants to shower His children with the benefits of the Kingdom, but He also deeply desires to have a relationship with them. He wants them to know Him. He does not want his children to be like the prodigal son, who was interested only in Father’s inheritance. When he asked for His inheritance, the Father gave it to him, but He longed for His son to understand Him. The Father was at rest only when the son came back and was restored.
He is not just a King on the throne wanting to rule us as His subjects. He is a King who is our Father. He valued us over everything and willingly died to have a relationship with us. Even though He created the vast, ever expanding Universe with billions and billions of stars, He is not attached to those things, He is attached to His children, He considers us more valuable than the whole universe. Knowing this King personally should be our highest priority.
Any relationship is meant to be two ways. So is our relationship with the King. If He can do so much to have a relationship with us, it’s not too much of Him to ask us to seek Him. To know the King is Eternal Life.
Unlike the prodigal son, who just sought the Father’s inheritance, let us seek the Father. Like David said, I seek your face alone (Psalm 27: 4,8), let us desire to know Him. It delights His heart to know that we seek Him and not His benefits. Jesus said, knowing Him is eternal Life (John 17:3).
The King longs for that relationship with us, let us pursue Him and love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. (Luke 10:27)
• Luke 10:27
• John 17:3
• Psalm 27:4,8