They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom. (Psalms 145:11 NRSV)

In west Texas, there is a famous oil field known as the Yates Pool. During the depression, Mr. Yates was not able to make enough money on his ranching operation to pay his mortgage. With little money for clothes or food, his family, like many others, had to live on a government subsidy.

Then one day a crew from an oil company came into the area and told Mr. Yates that there might be oil on this land. A wildcat well was drilled and at a little more than a thousand feet, they struck a huge oil reserve.

And Mr. Yates owned it all. The day he had purchased the land, he received the oil and mineral rights. And yet, he had been living on relief--a multimillionaire living in poverty. What had been the problem? He did not know the oil was there. He owned it, but he did not possess it.

Jesus says to us that the Kingdom of God is something like that. You and I already have it within our grasp. It is there waiting to be discovered. But many of us are living impoverished lives--not knowing that the Kingdom is ours if we want it.


Dear Jesus, help me today to fully claim your kingdom. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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