The Kingdom Reality
As we consider the Kingdom, it is important to look out for the Kingdom-minded person. They have another look at things, it could be said that they “attract” the Kingdom. although I am not sure if this is the best way to put it.
Consider the military officer, Cornelius. In Acts 10, we read that he was a Roman Captain of a regiment, yet he was a devoted follower of God. He prayed constantly and he was a very generous man, continuing to remember the poor and taking care of the Jewish people’s needs.
Cornelius had done so much to seek the Father and bless God’s people, that God couldn’t bare for this faithful man to be out of the loop in regard to all that had to happen through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Even though the religious law forbids Gentiles and Jews to mingle, God sent an angelic visitation to Cornelius and a ground-breaking vision to Peter—all in an effort to reach this one man with the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Why was this man so special in God’s eyes?
Cornelius represented the first fruit of the gentiles because he was already a person with his mind in the kingdom, therefore the Lord did His work in Cornelius’ life. Cornelius’ priorities were all about what the Lord was doing, so the Lord made sure Cornelius was part of His Church. His devotion resulted in him being one of the first Gentiles to hear and experience the promised “Kingdom of God”.
“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God” (Acts 10:44-46).
Let me encourage you today! Your devotion, prayers, and giving won’t be overlooked, and God will always release His purpose and promises to His people. Seek the Lord, because He is looking for a way to be with you today. Just as a light in the darkness attracts attention, so your godly heart attracts His Kingdom and all that comes with it.