We all yearn and long for truth, for meaning and purpose in this short life. It’s said there’s a God shaped vacuum in all of us that’s just aching to be filled.
Are you still looking, are you still searching? Do you feel one with Bono as he cries out “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”?
In Matthew 7 Jesus gives us hope that we’ll find the answer to our search;
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Yet apparently there are millions who are seeking without finding. More specifically, to really fulfill our longing Jesus points down the path of the Kingdom; “seek ye first the Kingdom of God” Matthew 6:33. The Kingdom of God is the central teaching of Christ. In Luke 4 Jesus declares;
43 “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”
According to Jesus in Matthew 13:44-45, this Kingdom is like a hidden treasure that calls out to be searched for, dug for and found. It is a pearl of great price to be sought out high and low and purchased at all costs.
Rather than calling it the Kingdom of god but referring to the same thing, in Hebrews 11:10 Paul tells us Abraham was “looking for a city with foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.”
Bono and U2 belt out “I believe in Kingdom Come”, yet there is still a searching high and low, because they still haven’t found what they’re looking for.
I believe this is probably because there is a confusion about the meaning of the Kingdom of God as opposed to the Kingdom of Heaven. They both mean the same thing, but we read Kingdom of Heaven as meaning that Heaven is our ultimate destination, and we will go there when we die.
This meaning trips up many people. Ironically the very thing we are commanded to seek first is hidden from any who are not truly seeking with their heart, it is a secret of sorts according to Matthew 13:11 and Mark 4:10-12;
“10 As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. 11 And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, 12 so that while seeing, they may see and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven.”
Only those truly searching come to realize that Jesus is speaking about a Kingdom that comes “on earth as it is in Heaven”. Or to put it another way, he preaches a Kingdom that comes from Heaven and invades earth with it’s rule. The Son of God becomes incarnate in a body here on earth, and brings a Kingdom to become incarnate here on earth with Him. The Kingdom becomes incarnate here through the Church, the body of Christ.
In this Kingdom there can be no true “separation of church and state”as the confession “Jesus is Lord” means He is Lord of all of life. He is Lord of the individual, but also of government, economics, culture, entertainment, etc.
When you seek this Kingdom, the Kingdom of God, your longing will have found a home.