Luke 1:30-33: “‘Don’t be afraid, Mary,’ the angel told her, ‘for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!’”

God’s kingdom will never end – that’s what Angel Gabriel told a baffled teenage girl when he announced the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. And it was Jesus, the Messiah, who introduced us to the concept of God’s kingdom. In a nutshell: the concept is to love your neighbor as yourself and to love God with all your heart. According to Jesus, that summarizes all books of God’s laws. However, God’s Kingdom is more than just a concept – it already exists! In fact, that’s why we pray in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:10):

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

God’s kingdom has its roots in Heaven, and Heaven is everywhere where God’s will is being done.

As we all know, there is a lot of bad stuff happening on Earth that is contrary to God’s will, but, on the bright side: there is a lot of good stuff happening too! And wherever good things are happening, the kingdom of God advances. If we’re doing the right thing, the type of thing that is not easy to do – the type of thing we think may go unnoticed or doesn’t make a dent in the grand scheme of things, well, nonetheless, here is the very good news: it makes a big difference because we help usher in God’s kingdom. His kingdom comes as His will is being done! That’s what Mary did when she decided to say “yes” to Angel Gabriel’s question. That’s what Joseph did when He made up his mind to marry Mary. That’s what happens today every time someone goes out of his or her way to do the right thing.

We may have a discouraged outlook on the world’s affairs these days, but know that God is the eternal optimist, and He has a very good reason for being one:

Light always beats the dark.

Have you ever seen darkness snuffing out light? It’s always the other way around, isn’t it? Light emerges, a candle is lit, and boom! The room wakes up and all of a sudden we can see our surroundings.

Everywhere where people stand up for what is right, they light up the world. And as a side effect, they give hope! God’s kingdom is permanently on the rise and never on the decline, in fact, God’s kingdom permeates the fabrics of our society not unlike yeast permeates the dough. At least, that’s what Jesus, the Son of God, compared the progression of God’s kingdom to. Let’s hear what He has to say (Matthew 13:33):

Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

If yeast bacteria can invade the dough enough to make sourdough bread, how much more will the children of God spreading light in the darkness make God’s kingdom on Earth?

Lord’s Prayer in Swahili