“I looked for someone willing to stand in the gap of the broken wall and rebuild it, so the land it protects would not be destroyed, but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30).
“The kingdom of God isn’t built on religious rules; it’s not about what you should and shouldn’t eat, wear, or say. His kingdom is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17, paraphrase).
Just thinking out loud . . . most know how to fill in a broken place in the kingdom’s wall with righteousness, or at least a form of it. But what if the gaps God is most concerned with restoring are deficits of love and peace? And what if those gaps are in your relationships, including with him?
A big part of fully having God’s kingdom in your life is letting his kingdom fully have you. I don’t want that to come across as trite. For me it’s a purposeful, daily choice, so I don’t misuse God’s righteousness, peace, and joy to put more patches on old gaps of offenses, fears, and pain. The substance of his kingdom is growing in his grace to transform my heart and mind to feel and think as he does. To not just see what’s needed to truly heal me and my relationships, but what greater is possible to build, in God’s genuine righteousness, peace, and joy.