"Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation,” Luke 17:20
You will not say, 'See here!' or 'See there!'
We are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, and those who are seeing us think we’re playing games, although is, but the only difference is ours are real.
It is the real show, and we’ve all been lured to playing a series of games from which the winner will emerge victorious - that we are indeed set free. But it’s just not enough to be successful in one game, you got to win all of them to win.
The Pharisees thought they were the winners, and so they demanded the kingdom, and today some preachers may think it’s the end too. The Pharisees laid demands probably knowing that the new game Jesus was preaching about would be gruesome for them. So they thought, let the game now end, and they asked "when the kingdom of God would come."
But Jesus answered, play on players, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation!" The battle is still on players!
When it comes you will not say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' You will certainly know it within you. When it comes, one part of the world will be night and in another day.
"For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day," Luke 17:24. It will come, because when all men everywhere have had their chance to play.
They said, where Lord? "So He said to them, "Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together." Luke 17:37. They will locate you wherever you are.
When you strive for a crown, "do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize?
Run in such a way that you may obtain it," 1 Corinthians 9:24.
On that day you will not say that we’ve won, but you will say I have done it, and Paul said, "Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified," 1 Corinthians 9:26-27.
You are in a race my friend, competing even with you mate, your pastor, for in a race all run, but one receives the prize.
Beware of 'no competitors'
No matter how you look at it, saying you have no competitors is not a good thing.
First of all, by definition all good ideas are competitive, we compete for real as believers. Lack of competition may imply apathy - you neither hot nor cold. Either you have no calling of your own, or the opportunity is small and not compelling.
This is also a bad situation because it means either you didn't do your homework, or you did it poorly. Either way, when a preacher says his or her church has no competitors, this creates immediate concerns and trust issues for new believers.
However, being friendly in general makes sense. Build relationships, make partnerships. But be a winner, win with your heart and mind.
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