In the atmosphere there are many things that we cannot see. If we could picture the life of the Kingdom is in the atmosphere. It is our air. We just need to learn to tap into it. To help us understand this I’ll use a modern example. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a radio station. Most people nowadays wake up to the sound of their iPhone. I remember a time where I woke up to the radio. You didn’t know what song would be on but you knew it would be there.
The interesting thing is the radio station didn’t reside in my house. It was somewhere far away yet it broadcast in my house and into the realm of its reach. Right now there are radio waves around you. There may be a country song or radio talk show flying right by you in the form of a wave. These waves are under your chair, hovering over your head; they are everywhere. Let’s say you do not currently have a radio in the room you are in. If you stop and listen, would you hear a radio station? No. Without a radio in the room, you are probably still aware of the fact that there are frequencies around you. Even so, you cannot pick up those frequencies if there is no receiver.
A radio obviously has to be turned on in order to produce sound. But what if the radio is turned on yet you still cannot hear anything? This indicates you have to turn up the volume and tune it to a station. Pretty simple, right? It also has to be tuned in and turned up. What’s happening is we all know the radio station is here. All around you. Over you. We don’t hear it because there is no receiver present. The Kingdom of God is similar to this radio analogy.
The Kingdom of God is here, right now! It’s in your car. It’s in your home, your car, your workplace, and your favorite hangout spots. It’s everywhere! So what about the receiver? This is where you and I come in. The moment God breathed His breath of life into mankind, we became receivers of the Kingdom of God.
Everyone IS a receiver, but you can only BE a receiver if you are plugged in, turned on, and tuned in.
When you are born again you plug back into the source of all life. Even so, our human tendencies can lean towards living according to the nature of good and evil. Men, be honest and ask yourself this question: what does my attention, energy, and focus turn to first thing in the morning? Even if you’re intentional about spending time with God when you wake up, where are your thoughts? Are you distracted and unfocused? You can have a quiet time with God yet remain in a place of seeking first the knowledge of good and evil, or you can connect with the presence of God. By connecting with the presence of God you have found the very source that makes everything work in you and around you.
Seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven means connecting to the source of life. It means pressing in to hear His active voice, reading His living word, and engaging in His power and present realities among us. When you turn your attention to those things, you turn on the power!
Hearing God is not simply about instructions for good behavior.
As we see in 1 Corinthians 8:6 there is one God and He is the source of life. It’s about staying connected to the source that made us alive, keeps us alive, and the One who broadcast life through us.
So here is the challenge:
As believers we have an opportunity to turn our attention and connect to God as our source. We often times have many things that distract and gain our priority. It’s time to turn the power on. Do you see areas that you have not turned your attention and connected to the Lord?