of the Kingdom
Wade E Taylor
When Jesus began His ministry, it was with these words:
"The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at
hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel" Mark 1:15.
He directed His next words to two fishermen as they worked
at their trade.
"And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I
will make you to become fishers of men" Mark 1:17.
The message of the Kingdom will affect our present vocation
and lifestyle. Simon and Andrew had been fishers of fish.
Now Jesus is calling them to come apart with Him for a time
of preparation to become "fishers of men." They
were to continue fishing, but with a higher purpose in view.
The present working of the Kingdom (at hand) is intended
to lift the earthly aspect of our vocation into a higher eternal
purpose. As we allow the Lord to make us to become, there
will emerge a ministry that will bring a practical demonstration
of (Kingdom) righteousness, peace, and joy into our environment.
What we are "becoming" will affect those who are
around us more than anything we may say to them.
"For the Kingdom of God is ... righteousness, and
peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost" Rom 10:17.
The word "Kingdom" has been both misunderstood
and misapplied. It has often been relegated to a future millennium,
or to heaven. However, the claim of the Kingdom that Jesus
presented to these fishermen was to be manifested as a present
reality in their lives, and in the lives of all who would
likewise respond to His call.
The preparation and outworking of this call to His Kingdom
is intended to be both effective and practical in the every
day life experience of His people. He did not imply or intend
that those who responded would be promoted into a place of
prominence or rulership. Rather, this call related to the
presence of a Kingdom that would reign in righteousness over
the lives of all who would submit to its message. It was to
permeate every aspect of their daily pattern of life, and
result in peace and joy.
This Kingdom was presented by Jesus as being "at hand."
That is, it was meant to work in the immediate circumstances
of all who responded. It was not intended that it would find
its expression in some mystical religious form, or in a future
"heavenly" hope. It was presented as being attainable
and touchable, "Come ye after me, and I will make you
to become fishers of men."
Entering this Kingdom that is at hand requires that we recognize
the LORD Jesus Christ as our personal King. Then we are to
place everything that pertains to us in subjection to His
Jesus said, "Come ye after me." If we do not recognize
Him as our personal King and submit our lives to the governmental
rule of His Kingdom, we will not be able to abide in the place
of His calling. If our lives are simply as they were before
salvation, with the added "salt of religion," we
are falling far short of His claim upon us.
At this present time, the Lord seeks to establish His Church
in Divine order and authority. Things in our lives that He
once winked at are no longer being left unchallenged. That
which is not established in His will and purpose will be shaken
until it is reduced to the place where it submits to, and
fits within His Kingdom claim.
The Lord will no longer allow His people to remain in the
realm of blessing alone. He is causing them to acknowledge
and respond to the claim of His Kingdom upon their lives.
He is bringing each one of us to the place where we must decide
what we will do with this Kingdom that "is at hand."
Do not draw back. Accept what Jesus is saying to you, and
then allow Him to make you to become a part of His Kingdom.
Only then will you be able to effectively let down your nets
into the deep and "fish" for men.