Most of the people in the world never think that there is another, unseen world. Blinded by this earth’s physical attractions, they are consumed with its delights. They spend their entire earthly existence pursuing more of this earth, utterly oblivious to the Kingdom that matters most.
But the kingdom of God, Jesus said, is near them. It has come and is accessible.
There are only two kingdoms in this world: the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of our God. These are in constant tension, for they are diametrically opposed. The ruler of this world is none other than Satan himself, while God’s kingdom is governed by the perfect Leader.
We rarely think of the long-term results of God's instructions. At the moment when we read any Biblical direction from God, we think, "Do I want to do that now? It doesn't seem to have a benefit for me in this moment." This is often the rationale behind our unwillingness to follow His directives.