What’s on the inside matters. What is on the inside of me, hidden or clearly seen, is my true self. My true self will be reflected on the outside and probably is more than I know. In this post we look at some scripture that help us improve our inner self.
Luke 17:20 — Luke 17:21
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
Contrast in the Context
It’s interesting that the Pharisees’ question comes immediately after a display of Christ’s miraculous power. Maybe their thoughts went something like “Miracles are nice, but when is the Kingdom coming, Jesus?”
If I were there and witnessed 10 lepers be totally fixed by Jesus words I’d probably think I saw the Kingdom of God already! Although the passage doesn’t directly say the Pharisees knew about or saw these miraculous healings, I tend to think they did.
God Must Be Bigger Than That
It’s understood the Pharisees often tried to challenge Jesus. Since they had seen Him do only what the Messiah could do according to scripture, I believe they were once again trying to catch Him up. Essentially, they saw something big, 10 miraculous healings, and asked when the Kingdom of God would come.
It is understood they were looking for something bigger from the Son of God. A real, forceful kingdom that would over throw the Romans and give the Jews their power and authority back.
They saw something of God, but still expected that the Kingdom (the King’s Domain) would be bigger and something they were expecting.
Small Answer, Big Statement
Jesus answer was also highly unexpected.
The Kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed… for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.
In the Greek the word “midst” means inside or within the heart or affections. The Kingdom of God is not seen in the manifestation of the power but in the heart or inner self of a person who truly embraces the King in humble surrender. This person becomes transformed by Christ, His blood and the New Covenant when they truly lay hold of Jesus by faith.
My Inner Self is the Same as My Outter Self
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Who we are on the inside is who we are to God completely. He sees us for who we are, we can’t hide anything. We will give an account to God for our inner selves. I think this reality should cause us to pay attention to our true inner selves. This should be enough of a reason and motivation for us to lay hold of Christ with true faith. We would seek Him, his Kingdom and righteousness on the inside.
Kingdom on the inside usually isn’t flashy. Lots of times we look for the “big bang” of God. Lots of times he shows up. The goal of my Christian life is to show up to God. To be honest. To be cleansed. To come to the place where I have a clear reflection of my righteous inner self on the outside. The inner self that only He can create through my position in Christ and my process of becoming a Son in my lifestyle.
Take it Home
When you were saved you were also set into the Family of God as a son or daughter. Be encouraged. It is from this position that God is drawing you by His kindness into repentance!