Homes and businesses know how important landscaping is. In 2007 consumers spent $35 billion on their lawns and gardens, an average of $466 per household.
“People associate a beautiful garden with a warm and inviting home,” says Craig Humphries, Director of Consumer Insights at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. A manicured and colorful yard tells a lot about the owner’s values.
The Bible colorfully describes how the earth is going to become beautifully luxuriant when Jesus returns to establish the Kingdom of God on the earth. Rain in due season! The trees clap their hands! The deserts blossom like a rose!
The Bible opens with Adam and Eve responsible to “dress and keep the garden” (Genesis 2:15) while eating from the Tree of Life which represented submitting to God’s righteous way of life. Fittingly, under Christ’s rule the earth will become “like the garden of Eden” (Ezekiel 36:35), and the book ends with “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates”—of righteousness (Psalm 118:19)—“ into the city” (Revelation 22:2).
The Kingdom of God will be landscaped in righteousness!
Not by Home Depot
The real credit for that will go, not to Home Depot, but to the righteousness of the ruling God Family which will bring “the times of restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21).
To be there we must “hunger and thirst after righteousness” (Matthew 5:6). We must “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).
We must look for the second coming of Jesus Christ where “in Your Majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility and righteousness” (Psalm 45:4). The King of Kings and the Branch of David will reign (Isaiah 32:1) and judge in righteousness (Psalm 96:13, Acts 17:31). The foundation of His throne will be righteousness (Psalm 97:2). One of His names will be YHVH Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness).
Jerusalem will be transformed into a city of righteousness (Isaiah 1:26). Jacob will set the example he was always meant to (Isaiah 11:5) and the Gentiles will marvel and follow (Isaiah 62:2).
Righteousness and peace kiss (Psalm 85:10). The earth breaks out in quiet and assurance forever (Isaiah 32:17). Righteousness exalts any nation at any time, but this will especially be true as Jesus Christ and His ruling family revolutionize the earth (Proverbs 14:34).
The Bible gives the definition of righteousness as “all your commandments” (Psalm 119:172). The law of the land is “holy and just and good” (Romans 7:12). We will keep God’s commandments and laws through the power of the Holy Spirit. The fruits that will matter will not be so much apples and oranges as love, joy and peace and the other six fruits of the Spirit.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God … for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). We will be “found in Him, not having my own righteousness … but the righteousness which is from God by faith” (Philippians 3:9).
The bride will be arrayed in fine linen, which is the righteous acts of the saints (Revelation 19:8). Kingdom dress standards will exalt righteousness as a belt around the waist (Isaiah 11:5) and a breastplate for protection (Isaiah 59:17, Ephesians 6:4).
Humans will be taught to speak what’s in their hearts and that will be righteousness (Psalm 52:3).
After the millennium and Great White Throne Judgment will come “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13).
These come after the Lake of Fire (the misunderstood Hell Fire of Revelation 20:14) burns up all physical and all sin (Isaiah 59:2) so that God the Father can come live on the “privileged planet” He has been preparing from the beginning to be His home.
No wonder the Kingdom of God will then be landscaped in righteousness. Everybody left will be Gods!
“All the host of heaven” is our heritage (Deuteronomy 4:19) and apparently we will “plant the heavens” (Isaiah 51:16). How about that: Looks like there might be a big future for a spiritual Home Depot!
May this vision of a kingdom landscaped in righteousness motivate you to let no man take your crown (2 Timothy 4:8). To seek it passionately more with each passing day. Talk about curb appeal!
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