How receptive are you to the word of the kingdom that Jesus spread in the world in his parable about the Sower and the Seed? And what was the “word of the kingdom” that Jesus was sowing?
The teaching about the kingdom was the first thing John the Baptist and Jesus came proclaiming: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
I wrote a whole book about a new way of understanding the kingdom of heaven – In Living Color: Heaven – which the ebook is being offered on Amazon for reduced price of 99¢ from July 9 through July 15.
I don’t have time here to go into the details like I do in the book, but here is a different way to understand John and Jesus’s proclamation: “Change the way you think, for the development of unity and harmony is within your grasp!”
I’m going to get more specific. Remember where Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is within you”? That means the development of unity and harmony needs to develop within your heart and mind before you will find the peace, joy, hope, and love that God wants for you in your life today.
How do you develop unity, harmony, and oneness within yourself? You step out of the world. You step out of the busy-ness and distraction of all the things that demand your attention and convince you they are more important than discovering your true self. You do this by meditating. You practice centering prayer. You read and study the wisdom of the ages.
How receptive are you to this as “the seed of the kingdom” that Jesus proclaimed?
1) Some people will say, “Get out of here you New Age hippy freak.”
2) Others will say, “I can see some value in that…I’ll listen.” But it’s too far out of their comfort zones and ways of doing things that they don’t make any changes in their lives.
3) Some people will say, “That sounds great —I’m in…when do we meet?” And they meditate for several days, a couple of weeks even, but then they are pulled away by the demands of work, children, materialism, Dancing with the Stars, etc. And it turns into one of those “that was nice while it lasted” experiences of life.
4) Then there are others who will say, “This is what I’ve been sensing, seeking, and needing. I’m ready. I’m willing to change and make this a priority.” They meditate. They pray. They stay with it. And they find the true Self who dwells within. And the fruits of the Spirit are produced: peace, joy, love, hope, goodness, kindness, patience, faithfulness, self-control…some a hundred-fold, some sixty, and some thirty. Let those who have ears to hear, hear.
The word of the kingdom is oneness within yourself. Seek it first and everything else will be added to you.