3 2 O U R C A L L I N G The Kingdom of God 5 Our calling is to Jesus, who calls all people to himself. Jesus brought the good news of the kingdom of God: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” What is this kingdom? It is where God’s whole will is done, his justice is upheld, and his domain of peace has become reality as Israel’s prophets foretold. Jesus sums up the nature of the kingdom in two great commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus asks us to live as citizens of his coming kingdom. It is not enough to accept him as our personal savior or to say to him “Lord, Lord.” We must prove our love to him in deeds, putting into practice his words in the Gospels, especially the Sermon on the Mount. We do Acts 4:11–12; John 12:32 Matt 4:17, 23 Mark 1:15 Matt 6:10; Ps 103:19–22 Ps 9:7–8; Is 9:6–7; 42:2–4 Jer 23:5–6; Is 11:6–9; Mic 4:1–5 Mark 12:30–31 Deut 6:4–5 Lev 19:16–18 John 3:3–5; Matt 5:19–20 Matt 7:21; 21:28–32 John 15:9–17; Jas 1:22–25 Matt 5—7; Luke 6:17–49