Where is God? As Christians, we believe just because we know or we assume something to be true. There are some who won’t believe until they see God and heaven. Downside of this is that they may never get to see until they pass from this life. By then, will it be too late for an “I told you so.” Hence, we look for God’s presence, God’s reality, and indicators of God’s existence in our world. Jesus also used words like “My father’s kingdom.”
In Luke 17:21, Jesus taught that God’s kingdom is neither here nor there. His followers, including some of his disciples, had thought that his coming kingdom was going to be a secular government on earth. Jesus was actually referring to a spiritual kingdom.
As creatures of this physical world, we prefer to speak of God’s kingdom as a country or nation. God’s kingdom has no physical location. It is everywhere, yet it is nowhere to be located. It is neither ethereal nor out-of-this-world. Jesus said, “God’s kingdom is here with you.” It cannot be seen but yet it is with us. We might try to emulate God’s kingdom on earth, but it can never be an earthly kingdom. God’s spiritual kingdom might be within an earthly kingdom, but we can never put an earthly kingdom into a spiritual kingdom.
So where is God’s kingdom on earth? It is current. It’s happening in the here and now.
- It might be found within the life of a real king or queen, or it might now.
- It might be found working in the life of church organization, or it might not be.
- It might be found working in offices of a corporation, and it might not be found working in a church office.
- It might be found working where people are praying on an old warship in the middle of the South Pacific, and it might not be found in normal-looking but dysfunctional family.
- It might be found working in compassionate hearts volunteering in a street ministry, or it might not be.
- It might be found in the life of a single mother raising two children in the ghetto, or it might not be.
God’s kingdom can be understood as God’s purpose or God’s will happening in this world. God’s purpose or will can be happening in your own lives. It can be within our society and culture. It can be within your place of habitation, within my yown community, and yes, even in my secular place of work. It is working and functioning within God’s people and where God’s people are glorifying God and doing God’s will. When God’s will is done, as it is in heaven, then we can say that his reign or kingdom is coming.
One might ask several questions:
- Do I sense God’s kingdom and God’s will being done in my life or family, in my community, in my church?
- Are people seeing God working in their lives?
- Does what I do glorify God? Is what I do glorifying to God?
If it is a “Yes”, then God’s kingdom might be in your midst. If you can say positively that God is working in places where you are present, then God’s kingdom might very well be present. God’s kingdom is present where you are in-line with God’s will, and actively doing his will.
In the end, it will always come back to the question of faith. If you can honestly affirm the above question with an affirmative “Yes”, it takes faith to believe the unseen.