The Kingdom of God
There was a talented magician who could fish a rabbit from his top hat with just a flip of his hands, could transform flowers into doves, could rub a handkerchief and it would become a rod. His hands could do multiple tricks in front of an amazed audience.
After seeing one of his shows, a boy decided that he too would like to become a magician. So he approached the magician’s house hoping that he could learn from the expert.
The magician said to the boy, `From now on, you will have to jog for 10 kilometers every morning. Then, come back to feed my dove and rabbit and help me clean my props as well. Only then will I teach you magic.’
`Clean up your props and feed the dove and rabbit? Isn’t it going to be very dirty? No, I’m not going to do it.’ the boy shook his head.
The magician sighed deeped, `Well then. At least come back after jogging 10 kilometers each morning.’
`But I will be sweating so much then! I’ll be too exhausted to learn anything. Why not teach me straight away?’ asked the boy.
The magician fumed. `Do you think it is so easy to learn magic? I ask you to run 10 kilometers to improve your strength and feed the animals to understand their nature better. Only after cleaning the props will you understand what they are for. These are magic’s basic steps. But you tell me that you don’t want to do them. You only want an easy way out. Learning magic is in no way easy. Forget about it. You are not ready to learn!’
The small boy lost his desire because he hardened his heart; he was not willing to accept the magician’s order. The same way, all of us wish to go heaven but we don prefer to leave our sinful life. We must keep in mind that it is impossible to enter the kingdom of God unless me turn from our wicked ways. Jesus says “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 7:21.So we must examine our life, turn from our wicked ways and repent. If we close our ears we cannot enter the kingdom of God. “for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”1 Thessalonians 5:2
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Matthew 3:2
In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3
Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” Mark 10:15
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24