Day 19

The Fullness of the Kingdom

from the The Kingdom of God reading plan

Psalm 46:1-11, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 22:1-21

BY Kara Gause

Jesus’s return will usher in a spiritual and physical reality in which the heavens and earth are fully renewed, where He reigns as faithful King with His redeemed people forever.

Throughout my elementary school years, I managed to milk Albert Einstein for all he was worth. Year after year, I’d recycle my “research” for the annual biography project (subject: always Einstein). I really loved the art portion of the assignments, getting to draw his wild, unruly hair and cheeky twinkle in the eye, perhaps that tongue he used to wag at the camera. Today, photographs of him reveal more wariness than my youth was trained to see. Life grows complicated, as the scientist certainly knew.

Well-acquainted with scientific research himself, Einstein is often credited with this little ditty: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Now, to my knowledge, Einstein didn’t give much credence to religion of any sort—only God Himself knows his heart. Still, Einstein’s point applies to spiritual life in general, doesn’t it? The tangible “stuff” we look to accumulate on this side of eternity may be counted and stacked, displayed and gazed upon with self-admiration, but we can’t take it with us to the other side of eternity. That stuff does not translate there, doesn’t travel well, so to speak. 

The things that really do count and matter most are not so easily quantified. I cannot take a photograph of the countless conversations that have drawn me closer to Jesus. Those who’ve prayed for me in earnest may have nothing tangible to show for it. Messy and imperfect though it may be, the Christian community I’ve experienced through deep comfort and gentle rebuke bears no trophy for the faithful. Their wisdom and kindness, their care and casseroles, their tears—the world gives no prizes for these. But not so in God’s kingdom! 

God’s kingdom may not be seen or accounted for in the ways this world asks of it, but kingdom things can still be felt and experienced, can’t they? They are discerned and perceived through the lenses of humility and wonder. They are realized in the way we love one another and the world, the way we long for gospel truth to be known. This is how we practice and experience the presence of our King and the fullness of His kingdom today.

We can know as much about this physical world as Einstein, but miss the Designer for the design. What are we missing as we strive to accumulate accolades and wealth that we cannot take with us and do not advance God’s purposes? 

We are meant for so much more. He “has made us a kingdom and priests to our God, and [we] will reign on earth” one day (Revelation 5:10). We have yet to experience the immeasurable fullness of God’s kingdom, but the fullness of God Himself and His love are already ours (Ephesian 3:17–19). He has come and will come again in grandeur—we will see Him face to face! (1Corinthians 13:12; Revelation 22:4). For now, His kingdom has come in us. May it be on earth as it is heaven. Amen.

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51 thoughts on "The Fullness of the Kingdom"

  1. Claire B says:


  2. Teresa Donley says:

    Anne S., I’m moved by your faith in such a dangerous situation. That you can hear God whisper, “Be still and know that I am God,” shouts to the whole earth that your God, your Father, is known personally by you. I just looked down, and the shirt I’m wearing is that verse. I am praying for you in the difficult times your country is facing.

  3. Teresa Donley says:

    Libby, your words today are just what I needed.

  4. Mandi D says:

    Jen, praying for you during this time of transition, praying you feel Jesus loving arms around you

  5. Elizabeth H says:

    Praying for you, Jen B. Listen to “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”. That’s what I’ve been singing when life seems too hard. It doesn’t have to be the country version, but that’s what comes on when I tell Alexa to play it.
    It’s an old hymn. It’s what came to me when I was waiting for the Dr after I found out our baby had died inside of me. I sang it through tears in the exam room.
    Also, my favorite verse is Isaiah 41:13. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and tells you, Do not fear, I will help you. It became my mantra when I was anxious and suffering from ptsd after my baby son was so weak from a stomach bug that lasted way longer than it should have.
    Take heart. Christ has overcome the world!

  6. Jen B says:

    I’ve been a part of SRT for a year and a half. I am reaching out to ask for your prayers. I’ve been out of work 5.5 months. Also, my engagement to my fiancé ended this week. It’s been a rocky relationship and I kept praying to God that I was putting it in his hands. I’m having a rough time emotionally feeling like what else can happen. I trust God has a plan and blessings are to come. The waiting is hard. I long to be in Jesus’ arms right now and I’ve asked in prayer to feel His arms around me as I go through these struggles. I’ve told myself to remember that if I have to lose even more the stuff doesn’t matter, that it’s all God’s anyway, and that good will come of it. I feel like a broken record telling myself this but I have to believe it is true. Thank you in advance for your prayers.

  7. Dani Gibson says:

    Praying for you and your family! Praying peace washes over you!

  8. Rhonda J. says:

    Hi She’s! Just jumping in over here to say Hi and can’t wait to all be together again on Monday! I am so grateful for God and all He has done in my life and now doing through me to share the love of Jesus Christ! And to think, he is living within us, it is overwhelming! I cannot wait to be in my eternal home one day with those I love, but until then, I will praise his name, shout it to the world, and love they neighbors!!

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