“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
So what's possible with God? The surrounding verses express that God can save a person regardless of wealth or status. What's interesting about this concept is found just two verses prior when Jesus declares that it's hard for a right person to enter God's kingdom.
Although the concept talks God's power and ability to save all people, of course a person has to choose God first, it reveals a deeper understanding.
The Kingdom of God communicated in Matthew 19:23 - 26 is better understood as the realm of God. Naturally, these words represent the location of the heavenly kingdom, but it also represents the heavenly realm of God within us.
In Luke 17:21 Jesus says that the kingdom of God, or the realm of God, is within you.
In Matthew 6:33 Jesus said, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and everything else will be added to you."
This brings us to the concept of loss. How can we enter the heavenly realm, or even understand it, with a dominant ego-self? It's impossible because a strong and dominant ego blinds us from seeing and experiencing God.
Living in the reality of the ego our life experience becomes tainted because it's devised apart from God.
The consequence of constantly living void of God's knowledge may result in hardship outwardly or inwardly.
I've come across several people in my life who live in less than desirable circumstances but have God's radiant glow about them. Although they live with daily difficulty they experience God's realm within. It's as if their difficulties forced to find fulfillment deep inside, rather than the world.
This is in stark contrast with those who seem to have every luxury you can think of but are miserable inside. I've met some of those too.
In the verses we're referring to, Jesus talks about the kingdom from almost two perspectives. First, as a location close to God were souls live, and second as a realm that can be entered and experienced.
Which leads to the Holy Spirit.
Once you are saved and have received the Holy Spirit you can begin to cultivate a spiritual life. The kind of life where God is first.
This kind of life requires the loss of the self, the ego-self. It forfeits any and all ideology of grandeur for deep spiritual moments with God. It is in the loss that we gain with God.
Spiritually speaking we gain treasures from God when we meditatively pray, humbly concentrate on God's word, and contemplate on His glory, acts void of the self but full of God.
When you lose yourself, you win with God.
Seeking God with zero ego enlightens.
In Matthew 6:22 Jesus says that if your eye is good (or sound and whole) your whole body will be full of light.
In other words, if you cultivate the inner world with God, God's light will increase in you.
So by your actions, you can increase the light of the Holy Spirit, God's presence in you, His realm.
But you have to do it right if you want to reap the rewards. You have to relinquish all self-centered thought which requires total humility before God.
If you follow the wise words of Jesus, many things will be added to you, many things will be possible for you, and you may even rise in status because God exalts the humble. Matthew 23:12
But the biggest benefit of all is your exposure to God's realm, His kingdom within you. Once you experience the heavenly realm, your affection for worldly things will rapidly fade giving you the opportunity to experience more from God.
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