“for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17) (NKJV)
The importance of understanding the kingdom of God is very pertinent not only in relation to building a lasting foundation, but also in understanding our roles as citizens of the kingdom and, also to enable us remain connected to the kingdom.
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17), because such a person has been automatically translated into a new kingdom, and the seed of the kingdom is planted within him that very minute.
He becomes a new citizen of the kingdom of God, and as a citizen of a spiritual kingdom, he must understand and know how to access and enjoy the privileges that are associated with being a member of that kingdom.
Our kingdom is different from the kingdoms of this world. It is a kingdom where God is the king and we are citizens and not subjects. As citizens, we are entitled to certain rights. Our kingdom is a living kingdom that gives us a superior life (John 10:10).
In the kingdom, opportunities are made available to the citizens to dominate and to be in charge of circumstances and situations. A citizen of the kingdom cannot be dominated by lack, poverty, sickness or failure. It is a life that dominates every other thing. Life in the kingdom grows. It gives abundant life (Mark 4:31).
As long as we remain connected to the kingdom of God, we can become who God wants us to be, because the kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:21). It is now up to us to decide whether or not we want to nurture the incorruptible seed of the kingdom that lies within us (1 Peter 1:23) by feeding it with the word of God (John 7:38).
The kingdom of God is alive and it abides forever (1 Peter 1:23), because it is powered by the word of God. It is impossible to be connected to the kingdom and remain stagnant. It is a kingdom of purity and righteousness (Heb. 1:8), with its own behaviourial pattern, language and culture. Sin cannot be a pattern of life for a citizen of the kingdom of God (Rom. 3:21-22).
This righteousness does not come by our good works or self-effort; it comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe (Rom 3:22). We obtain it by faith (2 Cor. 5:21). As citizens of the kingdom of God clothed with righteousness, we are expected to affect and influence our environment positively. Our lives must impact those around us (Matt. 5:14).