A “materialistic” kingdom…

“The kingdom of God is not of this world”!
It is a kingdom which precedes all kingdoms, not something which grows out of existing trial and error attempts to accomplish it.
It can be described as a kingdom of which we have a vague nostalgic memory, and a kingdom which “happens to us”.
The one who rules is the one who has proven himself by giving up authority, and the ones who rule with him are the ones who daily give up authority over others: “the last will be first”!
But the kingdom of God is primarily a very material kingdom. It is given on the basis of very materialistic standards! It is about food and drink and clothes. Surprising? Of course!
It is just as shocking to those who receive it!
When his people are called to receive the kingdom prepared for them, the ground, the proof, the criterion is purely material: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'” (Matthew 25:34-36)
What follows is a key lack of awareness of this grand acquisition which their material resources have brought upon them.
I would like you to watch a wonderful video about a refugee ministry in Athens, and see for yourselves how the kingdom happens on people as they love Him, feed Him and clothe Him:

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