At it’s core the Kingdom is relational. Regardless of who we are, we each carry a degree of brokenness in our four primary relationships – with God, with others, with ourselves, and with the world. But the good news of the Kingdom restores us in every way:
Relationship with God: (Theology)
We are born into confusion about God, steeped in misunderstanding of His character, and drowning in anxiety about His posture towards us. Jesus steps into our darkness and gives us a clear picture of His Father, a God of love and sacrifice, a God who would go to any extreme to reclaim his children from alienation and death. A God who carries on Himself the guilt that once blinded our eyes and clouded our relationship with Him. “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23)
Relationship with ourselves: (Psychology)
We are born into confusion about ourselves: our worth, our purpose, our motivations and our design. The Kingdom was inaugurated when Jesus came to live among us and modeled human nature as it was intended. He revealed human motives, asserted human worth, assuaged human fears, and set us back on the track of meaning and fulfillment. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” (John 7:38)
Relationships with others: (Sociology)
We humans have a consistently horrible track record in our relationship with others: Wars, feuds, anger and broken relationships not only define our history but they stubbornly defy our most noble attempts to live at peace with others. But the Kingdom lays animosity to rest: “Love your enemies…” (Matthew 5:44) “…They will beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.” (Micah 4;3)
Relationship with the world: (Ecology)
We are universally broken in our relationship with the world: how do we enjoy a material world without becoming materialistic? How do we enjoy the environment without trashing and abusing it? How do we find fulfillment in our work without it becoming drudgery? “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these other things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
These few examples only scratch the surface of the answers Abba offers to those who embrace His glorious Kingdom.
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I have to say that I have never put it in those 4 areas but I guess it is true. As a Pentecostal, we are mainly theology (worship) and evangelism….and forget the rest of it.