“My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm” (John 18:36).
When considering kingdoms, how they are built and sustained, one thinks naturally of conquering armies, political processes, legislative appointments, and sympathetic judges. The kingdom Jesus ushered in, however, died for, and seeks to perpetuate through his church is not accomplished by such human resourceful. His is a supernatural kingdom realized not by the strong but the weak; not the popularly elected but the uniquely called; not those who rule but those who serve. His is not a kingdom won by us for him, but by him for us. Though we must participate in the process, our greatest hope is to be discovered not in the ballot box of partisan politics but the bruised knees of praying saints.