Immigration of the heart

Many people choose to live in the kingdom of darkness rather than immigrate to the kingdom of light. (To paraphrase Jesus’ first message: “Immigrate to the kingdom of light!”) I’m a spiritual immigrant who fled the world for a new way of life in God’s kingdom.

Don’t just be a tourist in the kingdom of God. Become a permanent resident & full citizen. There’s lots of love, community & celebration when immigrants to God’s kingdom meet together. (The New Testament calls that kind of meeting ekklesia.) God’s kingdom is the most beautiful “land”–full of the fruit of the Spirit! “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22 Come see!

Foreigners to God’s authority are invited to shift their allegiance to His kingdom. To follow Christ is to be assimilated into His heavenly culture and lifestyle. Refugees gain entrance to God’s kingdom, not based on documentation they achieve, but on grace and mercy. Once they enter God’s kingdom they are called to live by it’s standards, not by the world’s.

God calls people to immigrate from the world’s standards to God’s kingdom. He invites us all to immigrate away from self-focus, and to become loyal citizens of His kingdom — to change from self-authority to God’s authority! Jesus tore down the wall & invites whosoever will, to immigrate to God’s kingdom. Ephesians 2:13-14

The kingdom of God occurs when we cross the border from self-rule to Christ-control. Let King Jesus be the ruler of your heart — your inner Head of state. Does the kingdom of God have your heart & your greatest allegiance?

Christ-followers are called to follow Jesus, not to follow our own desires. We are called to cruise on Christ-control, not to be controlled by cravings. To surrender to & obey the risen Jesus is to enter the kingdom of God.

Read the Bible not just to learn, but also to experience Jesus like His disciples did! Read it to learn to how live in God’s kingdom by following and obeying Jesus daily.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
This entry was posted in build a wall, church refugees, documentation, fruit of the Spirit, grace, He broke down the wall of hostility, I saw the light, inner Light, King Jesus, King of Kings, kingdom of heaven, kingdom values, let your light shine, light of the world, light shinning in darkness, Old Testament, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s