Week 31: Monday

The Kingdom of God is God’s sovereign intent to re-establish his rule and authority in this world, and to do so through the redemptive work of his Son, Jesus of Nazareth. This effort to “make things new” again is the core biblical teaching of Jesus and the ultimate point of reference on the meaning of life, under God’s rule. The Kingdom Story was the heart of Jesus’s teaching, and is the central focus of biblical theology. Truly, the story of Scripture, and of all creation, is the victory of God’s Kingdom through Jesus Christ.

Jesus delineates one of the fundamental implications of God’s Kingdom: “He who is not with me is against me” (Luke 11.23). In other words, the presence of God’s Kingdom produces an ultimatum with regard to our allegiances. There are only two kingdoms: the one we are all born into, the dominion of darkness (Col. 1.13), or the Kingdom of God with Christ as our Lord. Are we with him, or against him?

Lord Jesus, we declare our allegiance to you and to your Kingdom. May we all forsake false allegiances to be with you.

Monday: Jer. 5-6; 2 Kings 22.3-20; 2 Chron. 34.8-28

Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of all Believers
As such, our priesthood is meant to be integral to our self-identity and more fundamental to who we are than our occupational identity, ethnic identity, or nationality.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Enter the Priesthood of All Believers, 1 Peter 2.4-10

Book Reading
Breslin, Embracing Our Priestly Nature at Work