Back some years ago, I attended a class at a local Christian college where we were to discuss the late John A. Sanford’s book, “The Kingdom Within.” The book deals with the personality of Jesus, and reading that book was an eye-opening experience.
Each participant was asked by the professor to bring something to the next class that reminded us of God. One person brought in a photo of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Another brought in a magazine article about the Holy Shroud of Turin. I brought a fuzzy pink bedroom slipper.
When asked why I brought the slipper instead of a depiction of Jesus, I sheepishly had to explain that the fuzzy slipper reminded me of the warm and comfortable feeling I have when I think about Jesus. The feeling comes from within rather than an outward replica of God.
Luke 17:20-21: Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, “The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display.
Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! Or, See, [it is there]! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].” (Amplified Bible.)
Completing that class at the Christian college was a watershed moment in my Christian walk. I had been taught that I had to wait for Jesus to return. Yet, I learned by reading that book, and by personal reflection, that the Spirit of Jesus is within me as the in-dwelling Christ.
I cannot describe the comfort and support I feel emanating from the core of the Spirit. I can only describe it as an understanding from deep within that God, through Christ and the Holy Spirit, has all good intentions for me and my life.
This is the one constant that I can depend upon, no matter my personal circumstances, be they struggles or simplicity. Have faith.