Just as there are many unique and amazing individuals in this world (and you’re one of them!), so there are many ‘views’ or representations of the Kingdom of God. Some reflect the truth and life of God’s Kingdom within them; others not. It’s like the tapestry a weaver creates—starting with a particular color scheme perhaps but always a design or captured picture to portray. When completed, his tapestry gives pleasure, amazement and appreciation to his art. The same is true with God’s Kingdom in you. We’re not all the same, but through each personality, each individuality, as believers we exhibit and show forth God’s Kingdom to others. Let’s not think less of some because they don’t reflect the Kingdom just the same as you. Let’s recognize that the Weaver is blending us all into the Kingdom of His dearly loved children, creating not only in us His character and personality—who He is—but allowing us to be individual reflectors of His love and grace to the world. Let His Kingdom shine forth in your life!
“And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?” (Matthew 15:16). Jesus had shared a parable as He often did, and Peter asked Jesus to explain it. It sounded from the answer Jesus gave him that He expected them to start understanding these parables. They had heard Jesus teach. They had been with Him when He explained many of the parables and stories He told, but it hadn’t really sunk in what Jesus was really talking about. I wonder sometimes whether we are still in that thinking. Believers still do not understand what all Jesus did for them on the cross. When Jesus said it was finished, it was and is finished. Our sins past present and future were all taken in the body of Jesus. He finished the sin question reconciling us to the Father forever. We are forever forgiven and nothing can separate us from the love of God—nothing. We are under grace not law. We are no longer under any curse. We are the beloved and blessed because of what Jesus did and not because of what we ourselves did. Everything is about Jesus and what He has already done for us.