We have answered the question, “What is the kingdom of God?”
The question now is, “Where is the kingdom of God?”
Jesus answered this question for His disciples.
He said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is! or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Luke 17:20-21.
If the kingdom of God is the reign of King Jesus, then the kingdom of God is where King Jesus reigns. The kingdom of God, like any kingdom, has territory.
Jesus reigns in heaven; the kingdom of God is in heaven. Jesus reigns on the earth; the kingdom of God is on earth. If Jesus reigns in your life, if Jesus is not just your Savior but your Lord, and you submit your life to Him, then the kingdom of God is in your midst, and it goes where you go.
When Jesus sent out the seventy, He told them to heal the sick, cast out demons, but He told them that whether they were accepted or not they were to tell the people the kingdom of God had come near to them. The kingdom of God came near to the people in those cities because the kingdom of God went with the seventy. And it goes where you go if you are submitted to King Jesus.
When I mentor younger Christians, I often meet them at restaurants for lunch or dinner. I will tell them after we sit down that our table is now kingdom territory because the two people who are responsible for what is happening at the table are submitted to the reign of Jesus in their lives. When the server comes to our table she enters kingdom territory, not as a citizen, but as a visitor. She will not inherit the kingdom unless she is a citizen and confessed Jesus as Lord.
If Jesus reigns in your home, then the kingdom of God is in your home. If Jesus reigns at your place of work, then the kingdom is at your place of work.
Therefore, with regard to yourself and the places and things for which you are responsible you can determine whether, and the extent to which, Jesus reigns there by agreeing to submit to His reign in your stewardship of those places and things.
So the question is: Is your life, your home, your work, your car, kingdom territory? GS