Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.
Read: John 18.36-38: Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’
Reflect: What would a kingdom from this world look like? What are the distinguishing marks of a nation? In other words, what lets you see a nation or what helps you tell one nation from another? Is it laws, geography, or perhaps something else?
One of the distinguishing marks of Jesus' kingdom is that his disciples do not defend it with violence (John 18:36). What kind of kingdom does not need to be protected by a force?
Take a moment to look through the headlines of a newspaper. What do you see that looks like a kingdom from this world, and what looks like the Kingdom of God?
Pray: Listen to the song “Voice of Truth.” As you listen, offer to God those other voices that keep you from stepping into “the realm of the unknown where Jesus is” so there can be room to hear his voice.