Matthew 4

After being tempted by the devil in the wilderness, Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee. I love that Matthew gives us a summary message for Jesus' teaching, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." Everywhere Jesus went, he had one message. The message took many forms, but it always boiled down to this simple proclamation that God's kingdom was here and that people needed to repent to be part of it.

Repentance is often reduced to the simple notion of turning from sin. While it's certainly nothing less than that, Jesus has something more wholistic in mind. He is preaching that God's kingdom is invading. He commands us to change allegiance from the kingdoms of this world, to the kingdom from heaven. This is more than turning from sin, it's adopting a new worldview, a new king.

As you go about your day, ask yourself which kingdom you are living for, God's kingdom, or the the kingdom of the world. Jesus has commanded us to repent. Have you left the old kingdom behind?

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