“From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.'” Matthew 4:17 (ESV)
The most prevalent theme in Jesus’ earthly ministry was the Kingdom of Heaven. But it was not for the point of asserting God’s dominance. Rather, Jesus’ desire was to reveal God’s heart.
Jesus said of Himself that He only did what He saw the Father doing. In everything from healing the sick to teaching the multitudes and His own disciples, Jesus’ desire was to show us the Father’s heart–to show us who God is. He did not try to affect our actions with rules and regulations, but instead He showed us how to live and think from the Father’s perspective. Jesus’ goal was to align our hearts with God’s so that we could live the lives He has destined and purposed us to live–lives that receive and reflect the greatness of the Father’s glory and love.
So how does this relate to the Kingdom of Heaven? Well, remember that everything Jesus did and taught revealed the Father. So think of it from this perspective: It is the King who defines the Kingdom. There is nothing pertaining to the Kingdom that exists separate from the King Himself. Everything has its purpose and fullness in the Father. So when Jesus taught saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like…”, we must begin to see what He was actually revealing about the King Himself.
Our call is to follow Jesus, not to “believe” in Him. As Jesus’ followers, we have laid our lives down and have taken up His life and His identity. But how can we ever truly live as Christ lived until we begin to see and think from a Kingdom perspective–the Father’s perspective–just as Christ did?
We owe it to the world to show Jesus for who He truly is. This means learning the Father’s heart and then putting it into action. So when I say, “Live the Kingdom“, I’m saying to live out the Father’s heart…to live like Christ.