Upside-Down Living

Many of you have heard the term “kingdom of God,” but can you put in a nutshell what it is? Dallas Willard, a philosopher at the University of Southern California, says a kingdom is the “range of your effective will.” If somebody gets into your bag and takes something out, you’ll be outraged. Why? There has been an intrusion on your territory — or your kingdom. There has been a violation of the range of your effective will. 

What does it mean, then, to put yourself within the range of God’s effective will? It means that you get a lasting identity that goes on for eternity, and it is marked by astounding liberality. Let’s look more closely at how we can get that kind of identity. 

This sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on May 4, 2003. Series: “The Meaning of Jesus Part 4; The Kingdom of God.” Scripture: Luke 16:19-31.

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