Am I Seeking the Kingdom of God?
“In the days of those kings, the God of heavens will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, and this kingdom will not be left to another people. It will crush all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself endure forever.” (Daniel 2:44 CSB)
There have been many great empires throughout history. The Roman, Russian, British, Persian, and Mongol empires, for example, all had significant impact and influence during their existence. But as great and powerful as each of these empires was, one of the things that they all have in common is that they are now a part of history. They ultimately came to an end.
As Daniel stood before King Nebuchadnezzar, he shared with him the details of the king’s dream along with the interpretation. The king’s dream about a large statue and stone was referring to Nebuchadnezzar’s rule and what would happen next. Daniel said the king, “Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heavens has given you sovereignty, power, strength and glory” (v,37). Yet, even so, there would eventually come a time when Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom and reign would cease to exist. At this point, there would be a succession of inferior kingdoms that would arise after his, each lasting for a time, but each ultimately coming to an end as well. However, Daniel pointed to an incredible promise as part of the interpretation: “In the days of those kings, the God of the heavens will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, and this kingdom will…itself endure forever” (v.44).
What was Daniel referring to when he spoke of an indestructible kingdom that would have no end? Ultimately, he wasn’t talking about another kingdom ruled by an earthly king. He was referring to the kingdom of God ushered in through Jesus Christ. King David spoke of this saying, “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; your rule is for all generations” (Psalm 145:13). Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” (Matthew 16:18). Unlike every other kingdom and empire in history, the kingdom of God will endure forever. Nothing can stop what God has begun. His kingdom will never be destroyed. And one day “every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10) and acknowledge Jesus as the rightful King.
Amazingly, as followers of Jesus, we get to be a part of that kingdom right now. We can choose to submit to His rule in our lives today, even while we wait for His kingdom to be fully realized. We can pursue the priorities of His kingdom ahead of our own. The kingdom of God is the only kingdom worth investing our time, energy, and resources into. It’s the only kingdom worth laying down our lives for. It’s the only kingdom that will last forever. So let us seek first his kingdom and his righteousness above everything else today.
* Originally posted on www.kingdomdrivendaily.com. Used with permission.